Prajnesh Gunneswaran has achieved the biggest win of his career so far when he stunned world no.18 Nikoloz Basilashvili out of the Indian Wells ATP Masters event, continuing his dream run. The match was of about 2 hours 32 minutes long in which Prajnesh knocked out world no.18 out of the Indian Wells Masters event. Prajnesh secured a hard-fought of 6-4,6-7(6), 7-6(4) win. In the match, the second and third sets were tightly contested and went into tie breaks. Both were putting the foremost amplest into those sets to reach the next round.
Playing the first singles main draw at master level, Indian left-hander had earlier shocked France’s Benoit Paire 7-6(5), 6-4, in one hour and 29 minutes on Thursday. Also, Rohan Bopanna India’s sole representative in the doubles event further progressed to the second round with his partner Denis Shapovalov. Gunneswaran last year had also defeated world no. 23 Denis Shapovalov for the biggest win of his career at Stuttgart ATP 250 event last year. Prajnesh reached 97th ranking in February 2019 when he played in the main draw of Australian open for the first time.
Now world no. 87 Prajnesh will next face world no.89 Ivo Karlovic. He will rise to at least 80th in the ATP rankings on Monday, which will be his career best.
Prajnesh told PTI after the match “It was definitely a huge match. I think I played well better than I did in the previous round. I had to step up because I was playing a really good player, someone who has been in form and is ranked in the top20“.
Talking about the game Prajnesh said he regretted not finishing the match in the second game itself. “I should have finished it in 5-3 at the third set and I also had a lot of opportunities in the second set. I think I needed to be a little bit more in those moments. In the tie-break he stepped up, there was a shift in the momentum and he took the second set. Then I had to reset myself and I hate to fight for the set, it wasn’t easy it was close, I have to face a way to get back my composure and stay tough mentally to take the third set and the match which was a big deal for me” he said.