Indian Davis Cupper Saketh Myneni gave his all but could not cross the final hurdle at the Australian Open Qualifiers, losing the third round to Mirza Basic, here today.
Myneni made a good start but eventually lost 6-3 4-6 6-8 after battling hard for two hours and six minutes against his opponent from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
After splitting a set each, Myneni had five break chances in the decider but could convert only one and that proved crucial in the outcome of the match. He lost his serve twice.
Myneni’s defeat means that India’s representation in the men’s singles main draw will be restricted to only Yuki Bhambri, who will face world number six Tomas Berdych in his first round.