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The Times Of India: Behrend, Sargsian in Tata open quarter finals

CHENNAI: Lesser-known Tomas Behrend of Germany and Sargis Sargsian of Armenia were the first ones to progress to the quarter-finals of the Tata Indian Open Tennis championship here on Wednesday.

Prakash and Stephen Amritraj, sons of Amritraj brothers, Vijay and Anand, went down to Karsten Braasch and Rainder Schuettler (Germany) 6-4 7-6 (7-4). This was Prakash and Stephen’s first-ever doubles match in India.

Though they lost the match, Prakash and Stephen earned kudos from the crowd as they came up with superb service returns and played a few beautiful winners.

Only two singles matches were scheduled for the day on the outside courts, both resulting in the better-rated Spaniards being ousted.

The highlight of the day’s proceedings was the match in which Behrend showed grit and determination to wipe out a three-game deficit for a tie-break first set win and then humiliating Albert Portas of Spain in the second for a deserving 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 win. Sargsian had little difficulty in disposing of Albert Montanes of Spain 6-4 6-3 in another match.

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