Ramkumar Ramanathan will try to add to India’s record of success in the ATP tournament at Newport when he takes on third-seeded Steve Johnson in the final on Sunday.
Ramanathan ranked 161st in the world, defeated American Tim Smyczek 6-4, 7-5 in a battle of first-time semifinalists on the grass court of Newport, Rhode Island.
America’s Johnson, seeking a fourth career title and a second of 2018 after his clay court win in Houston, defeated Spain’s Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-3.
The 48th-ranked Johnson didn’t face a break point in his 69-minute victory over Granollers, a former top-20 player who was playing in his first ATP semifinal since 2015 and in his first tour-level main draw since Barcelona in April.
Johnson broke Granollers in the final game, sealing the win on his second match point when the Spaniard fired a forehand long.
Ramanathan, the first Indian player to reach an ATP Singles final since Somdev Devvarman lost to Kevin Anderson in the 2011 championship match in Johannesburg, can perhaps take heart from past Indian successes.
From online sources