Saturday, September 15, 2007

Another blow for Karan Rastogi

Top-seeded Karan Rastogi has crashed out of the Spain F34 Futures 2007 hardcourt tournament with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to an unheralded Spaniard in the second round.

Rastogi, ranked 347 in the world, fell to qualifier Juan Luis Rascon, who at 36, is one of the oldest players still active on the men's tour.

The 986-ranked Rascon had reached his highest ATP singles ranking of 144 in May 1996, when the Indian player was not even 10 years old.

The loss was another blow to the 20-year-old Rastogi, who has failed to make it past the first round of four tournaments since claiming the Morocco F5 Futures claycourt tournament in July.

This week in Mostoles (Spain), Rastogi broke the jinx with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over 611-ranked Frenchman Xavier Audouy in the opening round but couldn't maintain the rhythm against Rascon.

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