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Young Indian stuns top seed Thiem in Antalya Open

Ramkumar Ramanathan

Qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan whacked top-seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the 2017 Antalya Open.

The 22-year-old Indian, who is ranked 222 in the world, broke the Austrian three times and won the last five games of the match to pull-off one of the biggest upsets ahead of this year’s Wimbledon.

“I just gave it my best and was serving well out there,” said Ramanathan, who reached a quarter-final of an ATP event just for the second time in his career.

“It’s a good start for my career, but it’s just a start,” added the Indian. “Hopefully I can keep it going.”

Thiem, who is starting to show improvements on clay courts after two semi-final finishes in the last two French Opens, is yet to grasp the intricacies of grass tourneys and is currently 1-2 in such competitions this year.

Ramanathan will face Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the next round of the ATP 250 event, which also has a prize pool of $439,005.

Already in the quarter-finals is third-seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain, who will face French Adrian Mannarino.

Second seed Paolo Lorenzi will collide with Moldova’s Radu Albot for a spot in the last eight, while fourth-seed and Spanish David Ferrer will clash with Japan’s Yuichi Sugita.

Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic will also face Italian Andreas Seppi to see who will reach the next round.