New Delhi: Yuki Bhambri has moved a step closer towards for a place in main draw of Australian Open 2018. The 25-year-old Indian defeated Spaniard Carlos Taberner to reach the third and final qualifying round of the Australian Open.

Bhambri, who is in good nick, routed the world number 183 6-0 6-2 in the second round of the men’s singles qualifiers. The Indian, ranked 122, won 54 points in the 57-minute contest, breaking his rival six times in the match.

Bhambri will now fight it out with Canadian Peter Polanksy for a place in the main draw. If Bhambri clears the final hurdle, it will be his third appearance in the Australian men singles main draw.

In 2015, as a qualifier, he had lost to Andy Murray in the first round and in 2016 he bumped into Tomas Berdych to make a first-round exit.

Ramkumar Ramanathan, India’s next best singles player in the rankings at number 139, will play his second round later in the day. The 23-year-old from Chennai is up against French man Gleb Sakharov, ranked 156.

(With PTI inputs)