Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman eliminated defending champion Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) on Tuesday at the $1.76 million ATP and WTA Washington Open.
World number 129 Devvarman, a two-time US college champion ranked 104 spots below Ukranian ninth seed Dolgopolov, advanced to the round of 16, where he could face US eighth seed John Isner on Thursday.
“I’m very happy. That guy is a tough player, no question,” Devvarman said. “I played really well. in the beginning. he gave me a couple errors to break him.
“He fought back in the second set. I was serving well. It kept me in the match. I gave myself looks on his serve. It was just confidence.”
Devvarman, who went to India after Wimbledon to work with a Chennai-based charity called “Life is a Ball,” feels on top of his game.
“I’m pretty sharp,” he said. “Physically for sure.”
cilic claims failed test due to high glucose
The former coach of Marin Cilic, the world No 15, said that the Croat claims he failed a drug test due to “high glucose” levels after taking something bought over the counter. Bob Brett, who coached Cilic, 24, over nine years before they parted in May, called on tennis to do more to educate and support players.
Cilic failed a test during the BMW Open in Munich in April. Brett, said he had spoken to Cilic.
“The one thing I found out was he tested positive for high glucose and Marin had co-operated (with ITF) about the product and the pharmacy. One of the people in his team bought it in a pharmacy. Some people will say he made a mistake. But it was carelessness.”