Nigeria’s Sylvester Emmanuel moved into the second round of the Governor’s Cup with a 7-5 4-6 6-3 victory over doubles’ partner, Duncan Mugabe.
The 18-year-old Emmanuel, who impressed with a quarter-final finish in the first leg of the tournament, sent down 11 aces in the hard-fought encounter, closing out the win in two hours and 23 minutes.
Emmanuel carved out a late break to take the opening set, while Ugandan, Mugabe returned the favour in the second to force a decider.
Both players had opportunities in the final set, but Emmanuel was the more clinical, converting 2 of 2 break points to take the match and book his place in the round of 16.
In other results, Clifford Enosoregbe joined Emmanuel in the second round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Beninese, Alexis Klegou, while Thomas Otu, Joseph Imeh Ubon and Mohammed Mohammed also advanced on a good day for the country’s men.
It wasn’t all good news for the home players, as Moses Michael fell in three sets to Polish eighth seed, Maciej Smola, while Ikechukwu Iloputa crashed to a 6-2 6-2 defeat to Tunisian, Moez Echargui.
Christopher Bulus also failed to cross the first hurdle; the 15-year-old was beaten 6-0 6-2 by Indian, Sasi Kumar Mukund.
The only Nigerian lady in singles action on Monday was another 15-year-old, Angel McLeod, who was overpowered by Ukrainian fourth seed, Valeriya Strachova, 6-0 6-1.