Indore: Youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan toppled Chinese Taipei Davis Cupper Ti Chen in a marathon contest to reach his first-ever Challenger-level semi-final of the Indore Open, on Friday.

After knocking out India’s number two player Yuki Bhambri, 19-year-old Ramkumar today played humdinger of a quarterfinal, which he won 6-7(6) 7-6(2) 7-5 win after battling hard for three hours and 16 minutes.

He next faces compatriot Saketh Myneni, who beat his Asian Games silver medal winning partner Sanam Singh 7-6 (5) 6-3 in his quarterfinal. “This is one of the best matches I have played. I will try my best in the coming days,” Ramkumar said.

“I am very happy that I won the match. It has given me good experience. I had to pick it up from the second set. I hung in there well. In the third set, I became more aggressive and went for my shots.”

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