Bopanna shocks top seed Fish; to clash Prakash in quarter-final

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New Port, Rhode Island, Jul 10 (UNI) India's Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna stunned top seed Mardy Fish as he pulled off a thrilling victory over the American 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 in the second round of Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships here.

In a keenly contested match, the Indian lived up to his reputation with some fearsome serves firing 14 aces as he brought about one of the biggest upset of the tournament beating the world number 41 in the 385,000 dollar event yesterday.

Bopanna, converted three of the four break points that came his way and saved seven of the nine break points to book a quarter final clash with another Indian in the fray Prakash Amritraj who beat America's Jesse Levine 7-5, 6-3 in his second round match.

The 28-year-old Bopanna, who has a poor record of 7-19 on grass court, defied all odds and registered by far his best victory to advance into the first ATP quarter-final of his career.

Bopanna, ranked a lowly 374th on the ATP charts, beat Kevin Kim of America in the first round and this was the first time on the circuit that he won two matches in a row on his way to quarter finals.

''I was not concerned about what ranking he was,'' Bopanna said adding that, ''I was aggressive and kept it simple.'' Meanwhile a disappointed Fish said, ''It is extremely disappointing.'' ''I've never ever played well here. I so desperately wanted to play well here. Every year I walk off the court thinking, 'Why can't I get that tiebreaker or that break point,'' he added.


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