Indian Davis Cupper Prajnesh Gunneswaran squandered preliminary benefit to lose to Denis Kudla of USA in three units within the closing of the Atlantic Tire Championships in Cary, North Carolina.
The fourth-seeded Indian misplaced 6-3, 3-6, 0-6 within the males’s singles summit conflict of the ATP Challenger occasion in a single hour 33 minutes on Sunday.
Prajnesh, ranked 146th, began on a brilliant observe, placing up a dominant show to take the opening set of the USD 52,080 exhausting court docket match.
Nonetheless, the Indian southpaw was unable to maintain the momentum going because the second-seeded American got here again strongly within the subsequent two units to say the title.
Prajnesh had received the higher of Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci within the quarterfinals earlier than receiving a walkover towards Denmark’s Mikael Torpegaard within the semifinal. He had additionally crushed former top-10 American Jack Sock earlier within the match. This was Prajnesh’s seventh Challenger finals. The 31-year-old Indian has received two titles — Anning (China, April 2018) and Bengaluru (November 2018).