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Shock therapy: Ramkumar tames World No. 8 Thiem

India's 22-year-old Ramkumar Ramanathan had won the majority of the lower-rung tennis occasions he took an interest in, including two this year. Be that as it may, there's just so much being a Futures circuit champion could get him. So this season, the Chennai fellow stirred up his calendar, tossing in a couple of Challengers and the odd ATP 250 event.The Antalya Open was one such in which the floundering star of Indian tennis delivered one of the greatest bombshells anybody from the nation has overseen. 

Confronting top seed and world number 8 Dominic Thiem in the Round of 16, Ramkumar, positioned 222 who began the competition as a qualifier, showed signs of improvement of the Austrian to win 6-3, 6-2. All through his vocation, Ramkumar has confronted consistent feedback of being an underachiever. For all his ability, he has for the most part played in bring down rung competitions. It's a level that hasn't enabled his capability to bloom. In any case, today, the script changed.Ranked 214 places beneath his fancied opponent, Ramkumar began the match the way he completed – with a pro. 

"My mentor instructed me to have a good time, which isn't simple. However, I was serving great," he said after his match. "I'd get a kick out of the chance to utilize this (win) and expand on it. In any case, it's great to have a prevail upon Thiem." The last time an Indian singles player beat a main 10 contender return in 1998, when Leander Paes showed signs of improvement of Pete Sampras at an ATP occasion. Somdev Devvarman gotten trust, turning into the main Indian since Paes to achieve an ATP occasion last, at the Chennai Open in 2009, later notwithstanding breaking into the main 100. 

In 2013, at the Chennai Open, a teenaged Ramkumar burst onto the scene when he improved of Somdev who was the nation's most elevated positioned player at that point. It was a match that brought him into the spotlight. He was Indian tennis' huge expectation. "He has the huge serve, the enormous forehand, and he's not all that awful with regards to volleying," says Zeeshan Ali, mentor of the Davis Cup group. Every one of that was missing was the attitude to escape the safe place – play greater tournaments.He risked his fortunes this time, in Turkey, and concocted the win that is relied upon to give him a lot of certainty. 

"Something like this will give him the conviction that he can for sure play and contend in the greater competitions," Ali includes. Ramkumar's ascent to this level, however, hasn't been a relentless voyage. Indeed, he had a loathsome begin to the 2017 season. A first-round thrashing at his most loved Chennai Open was trailed by an inability to make it to the Australian Open qualifiers. It was then that he took the choice to go to Florida to take a shot at his wellness at the Emilio Sanchez institute for a two-week camp. 

Call-ups to the Davis Cup group for the tie against New Zealand and Uzbekistan saw him lead the group to 4-1 wins (with him winning the majority of his four singles rubbers over the two ties). Yet, there was all the while something missing. That start of certainty he expected to venture out of his shell.It comes now, in the win against Thiem. "This will give him the sign of what he is prepared to do," said Mahesh Bhupathi, Davis Cup chief. 

"In the event that he keeps on putting in the work." The extra explanation from the captain is a message. That the world number 222 needs to keep up his support in greater occasions. In this way, the inspirational statements and acclaim too have changed."That's what you need to play for, you need to contend with the best and have an opportunity to beat the best. To get a main 10 win is a better than average accomplishment,"says Devvarman.

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