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Tennis

Slow surface aids Somdev's progress
HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 20, 2014
First Published: 11:53 IST(20/2/2014)
Last Updated: 11:54 IST(20/2/2014)

The surface at the centre court of the RK Khanna Tennis Stadium is slow. Favouring high bounces and long rallies, it's a great one for baseliners. However, China's Di Wu isn't someone who prefers long points. Thus, Somdev Devvarman made sure he worked the court to his advantage, keeping the ball in play to let the opponent cause the errors. Sixty-one minutes later, the story panned out as the second seed had imagined.

Somdev made the quarterfinals of the ONGC-GAIL Delhi Open with a thumping 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Chinese No 1, whom he played for the first time. This is the third consecutive week Somdev's made the last-eight of a Challenger event, ending semifinalist in the previous two.

Does it bother him that he's the only Indian left in the $100,000 ATP Challenger event at the DLTA Complex? "I don't really think about it but yeah it's always nice to have other Indians around. We help each others out," said the 29-year-old, currently ranked No 96.


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