- Ramanathan defeated Thiem 6-3,6-2
- Thiem is ranked 8 and Ramanathan 222
- Ramanathan is through to the quarter-finals
Ramkumar Ramanathan put in his best performance of his career as he shocked World No.8 Dominic Thiem to win in straight sets by 6-3,6-2 to make his place in the quarterfinals of the Antalya Open. Ramanathan, currently ranked 222 in the world, was the clear underdog going into the match but created ripples when he took the first set 6-3. He went on to dominate the second set also to win 6-2 and in the process caused one of the biggest upsets of the tournament as he brushed aside the Austrian in only 59 minutes. This was his first-ever victory over a top-10 player.
The strapping Ramkumar dominated the match throughout as he hit 10 booming aces and converted three break points to not even let Thiem get a sniff of a victory the entire match. On the other hand, Thiem only had one chance to break the Indian, which he failed to convert. The biggest advantage was Ramkumar winning 90 percent points on his first serve, with 28 out of the 31 points going in his favor which was comparatively more than Thiem’s 73 percent. It was in the eighth game of the second set that Ramanathan served up another ace to finish the match.
“I worked really hard for this win,” Ramanathan said after the match.”I thank the crowd for coming out and cheering. I like the grass courts. Courts are fast. I took my chances and it worked out. I am having a great time here and thanks to the organizers,” he added.
The tournament has seen a remarkable turnaround from Ramkumar after an unimpressive start to this season, one that has been dogged by poor form. He will now take on veteran Marcos Baghdatis, who survived Carlos Berlocq 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarter-finals.