ATP final: Net gains for Ramkumar Ramanathan

Written by Gaurav Bhatt
| New Delhi |
Published: July 24, 2018 1:33:55 am

Ramkumar Ramanathan lost Hall of Fame final 5-7, 6-4, 2-6 to Steve Johnson. (Source: File)

Playing the Hall of Fame final at the Newport Casino, Ramkumar Ramanathan showed his hand early: kicking off the match with an ace at 111mph, followed by three net-charges and as many cross-court volley winners. In his attempt to recreate Leander Paes’ triumph at the venue twenty years ago, Ramkumar revived a tactic from the same era.

Opposed to the baseline slugfests of modern tennis where only fools rush in, the 23-year-old chipped and charged, served and volleyed on the grass courts of Rhode Island. While he lost Sunday’s title 5-7, 6-4, 2-6 to Steve Johnson (who has now won the solitary grasscourt and claycourt ATP events held in the United States this year), Ramkumar…

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