Sasi Kumar Mukund outclassed his German rival Sebastian Fanselow 6-3, 6-1 in the second round of the Chennai Open ATP Challenger on Tuesday.
However, Sumit Nagal, who is aiming to get his career back on track after a mediocre 2018, suffered a 3-6, 4-6 loss to Korea’s eighth seed Duckhee Lee.
Mukund played attacking tennis to subdue his German rival. He started strongly and held serve with an ace.
Fanselow struggled but held serve in his opening game. From 2-all, Mukund won 12 of the next 13 points to go 5-2 up.
The German held his serve in the eighth game and had a break point in the ninth. But Mukund saved it with an ace and won the next two points to clinch the set.
Mukund, then, saved the only break point against him with an ace and thereafter went on to win the next two points and clinch the first set 6-3.
The Indian was at his best in the second set, securing a break in the very first game and began to find the lines with greater regularity.
Fanselow held serve in the third game but Mukund was on a roll now and won 16 of the next 20 points played to record a straightforward win.
He will next play third-seeded Mohammed Safwat of Egypt in the next round. Safwat defeated Andrea Pellegrino of Italy 6-3, 7-5 in a clinical display.
In the another match, former Wimbledon junior doubles champion Nagal struggled to find his serving rhythm and Lee, a semi-finalist last year, broke Nagal thrice to win the first set 6-3.
In the second set the two players traded one service break each. At 4-all, Lee held serve and broke Nagal in the 10th game with ease to move into the next round.
In another match, Khelo India Games Under-21 winner, Manish Sureshkumar, a wild card entrant, lost in straight sets to Brydan Klein of Britain.
In the doubles, Italian pair of Gianluca Mager and Andrea Pellegrino shocked the third-seeded Indian duo of Arjun Khade and Saketh Myneni in straight sets.
Top-seeded Prajnesh Gunneswaran will open his campaign on Wednesday against Daniel Altmaier of Germany, while 11th-seed Saketh Myneni will face compatriot Vijay Sundar Prashanth.
Arjun Khade will face 13th-seed Jose Hernandez-Fernandes of the Dominican Republic.