Ramkumar Ramanathan notched up a straight-set win over Canada’s Vasek Pospisil to reach his first ever ATP semifinals but veteran Leander Paes bowed out after losing his doubles quarterfinal at the Hall of Fame Open grasscourt tournament in Newport. The 23-year-old from Chennai took one hour and 18 minutes to get across Pospisil 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
The 161-ranked Indian will meet American Tim Smyczek in the Last Four. Ramanathan, who had stunned World No. 8 Dominic Thiem at the Antalya Open last year sent down five aces and converted the three break points that came his way. paes, who is playing his first match since creating the Davis cup world record in February doubles, and his American partner Jamie Cerretani suffered a 3-6, 6-7 (3) loss to giant-killers Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Austin Krajicek in the doubles quarterfinals.
From online sources