Continuing his good form from the last season, Yuki Bhambri on Sunday qualified for the Australian Open with a come-from-behind win but Ramkumar Ramanathanmissed out on his maiden Grand Slam appearance.
The 25-year old Bhambri overcame a first set lapse to tame Canadian Peter Polansky1-6 6-3 6-3 in the third and final qualifying round in one hour and 55 minutes.
He will take on Cyprus’ seasoned star Marcos Baghdatis, who was a finalist here in 2006.
It will be third Australian Open men’s singles main draw for Bhambri who had lost in the first round in 2015 and 2016 to Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych respectively.
Meanwhile, Ramkumar had a break chance in the fifth game of the decider but could not convert and eventually lost his third round match 4-6 6-4 4-6 to Canadian Vasek Pospisil.
At Grand Slams, it is Ramkumar’s best show, reaching the final qualifying round.
Bhambri, who was junior world number one, had won Australian Open boys singles title here in 2009 and has played only at this Grand Slam in the main draw since