India’s Yuki Bhambri has reached the finals of the ATP Challenger in Fergana, Uzbekistan. It is the first time that Bhambri has reached the final of a Challenger event on the ATP Tour. Challenger events are one level below the ATP Tour events on the professional tennis circuit.
On Saturday, the 19 year old Indian knocked out 8th seed Denys Molcahnov 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in just over two hours to reach the final. Bhmabri led 4-0 in the final set before Molcahnov fought back to 3-4. But Bhambri hung on and broke the 8th seed again to complete the win.
Bhambri will play 4th seed Amir Weintraub in the final. The Israeli is ranked 185th in the world.
Weintraub beat Evgeny Kirillov 6-3, 6-4 in the other semi final.
Bhambri’s efforts this week will help him achieve a new career high ranking of close to around 250. A win on Sunday will make him India’s top ranked player in the world, ahead of Somdev Devvarman, who has been injured and out of aciton since January.