CHENNAI: India’s Yuki Bhambri, seeded two, set up a final clash with No.1 seed Jordan Thompson of Australia in the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tennis tournament here.
Bhambri got the better of Korea’s Duckhee Lee, the third seed, 7-5, 6-2 in one hour and 25 minutes while Thompson beat unseeded Spaniard Pedro Martinez 6-1, 7-6.
The first set saw an even contest between the Indian number one and the speedy Korean. Bhambri played well within himself from the baseline and made the occasional foray to the net to finish off points.
A solitary break did the trick for Bhambri, a former Australian Open junior champion, in the first set.
The second set was one-way traffic as the Indian stepped up his game and hit winners from both flanks. Two service breaks highlighted Lee’s struggles in the set as the Bhambri pulled away to victory.
The Indian ace didn’t face a single break point through the course of the match.
With the win, Bhambri improved his head-to-head against Lee to 2-0 and enhanced his chances of returning to the top 100.
In the other semi-final, Thompson started the match with two aces in the first game and dominated the set, taking it 6-1 in quick time.