India's Prajnesh Gunneswaran failed to carry on the excellent work from the qualifying event to lose in the first round of the Australian Open. Competing in his maiden Grand Slam main draw, the country's number one singles player lost 6-7 (7), 3-6, 3-6 to USA's Frances Tiafoe. Prajnesh, who won three matches in the qualifying event, lost the match in an hour and 52 minutes.
Next up for the American is fifth seed Kevin Anderson, who is a two-time Grand Slam finalist.
For Prajnesh, it will a day of missed chances. He had chances to break Tiafoe's serve in the first and the second sets and in fact, held a set point in the first set tie-break, but failed to take advantage.
Prajnesh had gone past three opponents in the qualifiers to make it to the main draw. On Monday, though he could not add to his winning spree, he has definitely added loads of experience that should help him in his future endeavors.
Prajnesh will leave Melbourne Park with ten ATP ranking points and 75,000 Australian Dollars.