PUNE, November 19, 2018
Spanish teenager Nicola Kuhn created the first upset of this year’s tournament ousting World No. 191 Andrej Martin of Slovakia to reach the second round of the main draw at the KPIT MSLTA ATP Challenger organized by MSLTA and PMDTA and played at the Mhalunge-Balewadi Tennis Complex.
In the opening main draw match on Monday, 18-year-old Kuhn, who entered the event as an alternate, took just over an hour to knock out the tournament’s No. 7, winning 6-2, 6-3. The World No. 281 broke Martin’s serve four times and won 59 per cent of the total point played to set a second round meeting with either German lucky loser Benjamin Hassan or Frederico Ferreira Silva of Portugal.
No.4 seed Elias Ymer eased past Indian wild card entry Manish Sureshkumar 6-4, 6-1. The 22-year-old from Sweden won 79 per cent of his first service points to advance in exactly one hour of play. Next up for Ymer will be Daniel Masur from Germany. Canadian Brayden Schnur ranked World No. 189 blew out local wildcard Aryan Goveas 6-3, 6-4 in a match that saw 18 aces in total by both players.
Local star Arjun Kadhe partnering Saketh Myneni became the first pair to reach the doubles quarterfinals as they accounted for national champions and wildcard pair of Parikshit Somani and Dakshineshwar Suresh 6-1, 6-1
Final Qualifying Round
Francesco Vilardo(ITA) bt Danylo Kalenichenko(UKR)6-3, 5-7, 7-5;
Ben Patael (ISR) bt  Viktor Durasovic(NOR) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4;
Lucas Gerch (GER) bt  Benjamin Hassan(GER)6-4, 6-0;
 Sebastian Fanselow (GER) bt Mick Lescure (FRA)6-4, 5-7, 6-2;
Main Draw First Round
Brayden Schnur(CAN) bt [WC] Aryan Goveas(IND) 6-3, 6-4;
 Elias Ymer(SWE) bt [WC] Manish Sureshkumar (IND)6-4, 6-1;
Daniel Masur (GER) bt Jelle Sels(NED)6-4, 6-4;
[Alt] Nicola Kuhn(ESP) bt  Andrej Martin(SVK)6-2, 6-3;
Doubles: First round
Arjun Kadhe (IND) / Saketh. Myneni (IND) bt [WC] Parikshit Somani (IND) / Dakshineshwar Suresh (IND) 6-1,6-1.