Bhambri, who had a 4-1 report towards the Chennai lad going into the match, maintained his stranglehold with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 victory in simply over two hours within the ATP 500 Series arduous courtroom occasion.
The 28-year-old Delhi lad, on the comeback path from a greater than two-year lengthy damage layoff, will likely be up towards Slovenia’s World No. 62 Aljaz Bedene within the opening spherical.
Ought to he get previous the 31-year-old, Bhambri, who entered the occasion with a Defend Rating and positioned within the prime half of the primary draw, will face tenth seed Borna Coric of Croatia.
Austria’s US Open champion Dominic Thiem is the highest seed and Russian Andrei Rublev is the second seed.
It was a typical Bhambri efficiency on Sunday as he withstood the large serves of Ramkumar earlier than asserting his authority.
The 26-year-old Ramkumar delivered 11 aces whereas Bhambri had solely three towards title. However the former No. 83 outscored his fellow Indian in all different departments.
He gained 77 p.c of his first serve factors and 53 p.c on the second. The corresponding figures for Ramkumar had been 70 and 47.
The important thing stat was that Bhambri transformed all of the 4 breakpoints he pressured whereas Ramkumar wasted 5 of the seven alternatives he had.
Bhambri had beforehand crushed Ramkumar within the finals of ATP Challengers in Taipei (2018) and Pune (2017); within the second spherical of Indian Wells (2018) and Chennai Open first spherical (2017).
Ramkumar’s lone win towards Bhambri got here within the second spherical of a Challenger in Indore in 2014.