Ramkumar Ramanathan out of singles at Slovak Open
There was no end to Ramkumar Ramanathan’s lean patch as the Indian Davis Cupper yet again made an early exit, losing his second round at the Slovak Open in Bratislava while Purav Raja lost his doubles quarterfinal with partner Antonio Sancic.
Seeded sixth, Ramkumar lost 3-6 6-3 2-6 to Germany’s Matthias Bachinger in the second round of the Euro 106,000 hard court tournament.
Ramkumar has not crossed a second round either on the Challenger circuit or on the ATP World Tour since making the summit clash of the Hall of Fame Open in July.
In the doubles, though, Ramkumar and his partner Andre Vaselevski moved to the semifinals with a 4-6 6-3 10-8 win over local wild card pair of Andrej K Martin and Filip Polasek.
But Purav Raja and Sancic lost their quarterfinal 6-4 4-6 6-10 to top seeded Britons Ken Skupski Jonny O’mara in 72 minutes.