His Grand Slam debut has given Somdev Devvarman the belief that he belongs to the big league and the rising tennis star now wants to win a Davis Cup World Group berth for India.
Somdev, who became the first Indian in eight years to qualify for a Grand Slam at the US Open, lost his second round match to Phillip Kohlschreiber last night but not without showing his class.
After playing in his maiden Grand Slam, Somdev has already started thinking about the next assignment -- India’s away play-off tie against South Africa.
A victory would mean that India enters the World Group after a gap of 11 long years.
“Davis Cup is the next target. It’s a big tie and I would like to win it for India,” Somdev told PTI after his match against German 23rd seed.
Since his advent on the scene, much of India’s hopes in the Davis Cup rely on Somdev. He won both of his singles matches in the last tie against Chinese Taipei before Australia gave India a walkover.
His Grand Slam debut was not as eventful as his breakthrough performance at Chennai Open at the start of the year but Somdev drew a lot of positives from the US Open.