Indore: A day after being felicitated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Asian Games exploits, India's Saketh Myneni toppled Belgian seventh seed Kimmer Coppejans to move to the singles quarterfinals of the ATP Indore Open, here yesterday.
Myneni, who is ranked 451, overcame the 202-ranked Belgian 1-6 6-3 7-6(4) in a close to two-hour second round contest of the USD 50,000 Challenger tournament. The big-serving Myneni next faces his Asian Games silver medal winning partner Sanam Singh.
Sanam entered the quarterfinals with a hard-fought 4-6 7-6(5) 6-3 win over compatriot and qualifier N Vijay Sundar Prashant after battling for two hours and 14 minutes in his second round.
The diminutive Sanam had knocked out second seed and world number 129 Russian Alexander Kudryavatsev in his opening round yesterday.
Top seed from Kazakhstan Aleksandr Nedovysov also advanced with a 6-3 6-4 win over Belgium's Germain Gigounon.
Meanwhile, the Somdev Devvarman combined with left-hander Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan to upset Thai top seeds Sanchai and Sonchat Ratiwatana 4-6 6-4 10-7 in the first round of the doubles event.