Calcutta: Rupesh Roy is on a roll. Making short work of the fourth seed in the last round, the Bengal lad defeated his more fancied opponent, Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash, to advance to the quarter finals of the National Grasscourt Championship, on Wednesday.
Owing to Mayur's recent form ' he won the Central Excise Open Grass Court Championship last week ' he was considered as one of the favourites to win the ongoing tournament.
And he also started off well, winning the first set 6-3.
But Rupesh displayed some splendid skills to make a comeback. In the end, he prevailed 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 after a two-hour-and-31-minute battle. In the process, he also took a sweet revenge on Mohit as he had lost to the Tamil Nadu player in the first round of the Central Excise Open.
For the record, this is also Rupesh's best showing in the Nationals.
"I haven't trained for the last six months… I was also injured for a brief period… And I am going through a lot of personal troubles for the last two years.
"Under the circumstances, I'm delighted with my performance," said the 27-year-old.
It seemed that Rupesh's success has rubbed on to the other local challengers.
Shivika Burman put up a spirited performance to qualify for the last-eight stage.