Prajnesh Gunneswaran fought hard before going down against Japanese Taro Daniel in the second round of the Bendigo Challenger event, on Tuesday. Prajnesh lost 4-6, 6-7(4) to the Japanese, ranked 16 places above him at number 122 at the USD 162480 ATP Challenger event. Also Read - French Open Postponed by a Week Due to COVID-19 Outbreak, to Start From May 24
The Indian could convert just one of the six break chances he created while he saved six of the eight break points he faced in the one-hour-30-minute contest. Also Read - Tennis: Novak Djokovic Joins Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer in Skipping Miami Open 2021, Says Need to Use This Time to Spend Time With Family
“It was a close match but I had a lot of chances but I could not convert. I made a lot of errors. I was aggressive and tried to attack and that was positive from today’s match,” Prajnesh was quoted by PTI. Also Read - Novak Djokovic Equals Roger Federer's Record For Most Weeks as World No.1 at ATP Rankings
“In the first set I had chances in the beginning. He was tentative because it was his first match of the season. He was pushing the second serves a bit but I did not go after that. I could have changed the tempo of the match, had I been a break up early, then being on serve and losing at 4-5.”
Further explaining the reasons for not doing as well as he could have, Prajnesh said he still can’t unleash his favourite shot since he has not yet completely recovered from his wrist injury.
“In the second set I came back from a breakdown. I need my forehand to back in its original shape. I was playing a little flat and made a lot of mistakes because of that. I have to work on this. I still have some issues so I can’t play with the kind of spin I do,” said Prajnesh, who relies a lot on topspin.
Earlier on Monday, Prajnesh, India’s top-ranked singles player, downed the local wild card Jason Kubler 7-5 6-3 in the first round of the USD $ 1,62,480 ATP Challenger event.