New Delhi: Yuki Bhambri set up second round clash with world number 22 and defending champion Gael Monfils at the ATP Citi Open after his first round opponent retired mid-way into the contest in Washington.
Yuki, who had qualified for the main draw of the ATP 500 tournament, was leading 7-5 2-0 when American Stefan Kozlov opted out of the contest due to viral illness.
However, another Indian qualifier, Ramkumar Ramanathan bowed out after a 4-6 1-6 defeat against Argentina's Guido Pella in the opening round.
Talking about his clash against showman Monfils, Yuki was highly motivated to take on a quality player.
"It's a good test. We fight and work to play these kinds of matches and compete against the best, so it's a good opportunity," Yuki told PTI from Washington.
"He is the defending champion and a class player. I have nothing to lose," said the 25-year-old Delhi lad.
Rohan Bopanna is competing in the doubles with American partner Donald Young. The wild card entrants are up against Daniel Nestor and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.
Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 21:57 PM | Updated Date: Aug 02, 2017 11:52 AM