Parmar Shocks Srichaphan at ATP Rotterdam

Posted on February 22, 2006

Oft-maligned Brit lucky loser Arvind Parmar, who only made the main draw after Rafael Nadal pulled out, caused the upset of the ATP event at Rotterdam Tuesday with a 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(7) win over Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan.

The No. 230-ranked Parmar saved three match points in the third-set tiebreak, his first ATP win in two years.

"For any lucky loser to get into the tournament, you feel like you have a second chance, feel no pressure, and just go out to win," said Parmar who has over the years has gained notoriety for figuring in some historic Davis Cup losses for Britain. "I noticed that he wasn't playing to the best of his ability but I had to play my game still and control the rallies my side."

For Srichaphan it was his third loss in a row.

"He played well," Srichaphan said. "I started playing better in the third set but I wasn't able to win the important points. I needed to be more patient."

No. 3 Dave Ferrer was the lone seed in action Tuesday, straight-setting Ivo Minar of the Czech Republic.

Unseeded winners into the second round were the Rochus brothers Christophe (d. (LL) Lisnard from a set down) and Olivier (d. Melzer, saving four match points) of Belgium, French veteran Fabrice "The Magician" Santoro (d. countryman Mathieu), Serb qualifier Novak Djokovic (d. Seppi in three), Italian qualifier Daniele Bracciali (d. Andreev), and Spanish lucky loser Alex Calatrava (d. (WC) Van Der Duim).

"I was up 6-3, 3-0 and then he started to hit stronger and came back quickly," Santoro said of Mathieu. "I was in trouble at that point of the match but very happy to come through in straight sets. I thought I served particularly well today."

On court Wednesday in Rotterdam are (6) Stepanek vs. (LL) Michael "The Slammer" Lammer, Nieminen vs. (5) Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic, "Grinning" Greg Rusedski vs. (2) Davydenko, in doubles (1) Knowles/Nestor vs. Israel's Erlich/Ram, Henman vs. (4) T.Johansson, Christophe "The Roach" Rochus vs. Dent, and (LL) Parmar vs. (Q) Meffert.