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Gritty Somdev stuns Baghdatis

sports Updated: Mar 14, 2011 01:50 IST

Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman scored a stunning upset win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in straight sets to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, an ATP Masters tournament on Saturday.

Somdev, the Indian number one player, sent his 19th seed opponent packing 7-5, 6-0 in a second round match of the US$ 3,645,000 (R 16.4 crore approx) prize money hard court event.

Baghdatis is currently ranked 22nd in the world while Somdev is at 84th position.

In the round of 32, the Indian will meet Belgian Xavier Malisse who also stunned 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6(6), 7-5 in another second round match last night.

If Somdev beats Malisse, he has the chance to play against world number one Rafael Nadal of Spain as both has been placed in the top half of the draw.

Nadal will play another qualifier Ryan Sweeting of the United States in the third round and the winner will play the victor of the match between Somdev and Malisse in the pre-quarterfinals.

Somdev had made it to the main draw of the tournament along with his Davis Cup team-mate Rohan Bopanna after playing in the qualifying round. He had beaten Adrian Mannarino of France 6-2, 6-3 in the first round. Bopanna, on the other hand, had crashed out in the first round after losing to wild card Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6, 6-7, 4-6.

Murray, Ferrer out
Fifth seed Andy Murray, sixth-seeded David Ferrer and defending champion Ivan Ljubicic all fell by the wayside on a day of startling upsets at on Saturday.

British world number five Murray was eliminated 7-6, 6-3 by American qualifier Donald Young, Spaniard Ferrer crashed out 7-6, 6-3 at the hands of Croat Ivo Karlovic and Ljubicic was beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 by Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

The early exit of Murray was the most surprising, despite the fact that the 23-year-old Scot had not competed in more than a month.

Murray has always enjoyed playing at Indian Wells, where he was a runner-up in 2009, but he struggled for fluency against his 143rd-ranked opponent who won the biggest match of his career with an aggressive brand of tennis.

"Most of it was not great today," Murray told reporters after being beaten in just over an hour-and-a-half.

"I didn't serve particularly well, I didn't move very well. "He hit a lot of winners and gained in confidence, I guess, from hitting more winners."