Gulbarga, Oct 23 (UNI) India's Yuki Bambri wasted two match points before going down to third seed Ivan Cerovic of Croatia, while two other Indians Vivek Shokeen and Vijayant Malik advanced to the second round of the 15,000 dollar Gulbarga Open ITF Men's Tennis tournament here today.
On a day that produced exciting duels, unseeded Yuki, who stretched the Croatian to the limit, went down fighting 7-6(8), 4-6, 6-7(6). The 15-year-old teenager from Delhi at one stage led 4-1 in the decider and even had two match points at 6-4 in the tie breaker.
However, Ivan had the last laugh as he reeled off three winners in a row to claw back into the match from brink of a defeat on the centre court.
In other matches, unseeded Indians Vivek Shokeen and Vijayant Malik defeated their compatriots to make it to the second round.
While Vivek defeated Vignesh Chandrasekhar 6-3, 7-6(3), Vijayant rallied back to beat Ajay Selvaraj 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Meanwhile, fourth seed Dekel Valtzer of Israel, fifth seed Philipp Oswald of Austria and seventh seed Marek Semjan of Slovakia also advanced into the round of 16.