Early breaks pegging him again in each the units, Prajnesh Gunneswaran ended runner-up on the Orlando Open, dropping the summit conflict of the ATP Challenger occasion to American Brandon Nakashima, right here on Sunday. Prajnesh didn’t have the required energy in his strokes to harm the American, dropping 3-6 4-6 within the USD 52,080 exhausting courtroom event.
The Indian left-hander might convert not one of the eight break probabilities that got here his means in an hour and 28 minute contest. It’s Prajnesh’s second straight runner-up end. He had reached the ultimate on the Cary Challenger final week.
The outcome will assist Prajnesh transfer as much as 128 from 137. He has already locked the India primary rank along with his Orlando present. Serving at 2-3, 30-all, Prajnesh buried a forehand to the web to be down a break level however saved it with an ace.
One other forehand error by Prajnesh gave Nakaksima one other probability however the Indian saved that too with a nicely set-up winner. Nonetheless, Nakashima’s sturdy ground-strokes introduced him one other probability and this time Prajnesh couldn’t save, sending a backhand over the baseline.
A straightforward maintain put the American forward 5-2. He returned to serve out the set with none fuss.
Within the third sport of the second set, Prajnesh dropped serve and squandered two break probabilities within the subsequent sport to let 19-year-old Nakashima run away along with his maiden Challenger stage singles trophy. PTI AT KHS KHS