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Somdev advances, Yuki crashes out

India's No.1 Somdev Devvarman advanced while up and coming Yuki Bhambri fumbled in the first round of the qualifiers of the $3,645,000 Sony Ericsson Open tennis here.

sports Updated: Mar 24, 2010 00:02 IST

India's No.1 Somdev Devvarman advanced while up and coming Yuki Bhambri fumbled in the first round of the qualifiers of the $3,645,000 Sony Ericsson Open tennis here.

Somdev, ranked 120, beat 139th-ranked Frenchman David Guez 7-6(3), 6-4 Monday.

The Indian next plays third seed and 85th-ranked Ukrainian Illya Marchenko who beat Brazilian Joao Souza 6-1, 6-3.

Wildcard Yuki, 17, went down to top-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 1-6, 3-6.

I still admire Tiger, says Nadal

MADRID: Rafael Nadal still admires scandal-hit golfer Tiger Woods and believes the media were wrong to publish details of the American world number one's private life.

"The first thing I think (about the Woods issue) is that society is in a bad way," the Spanish world number four said in an interview with Marca sports daily published on Tuesday.

"Starting with the sports media, we have to judge Tiger as an athlete. "His private life is his business and nobody else's. I still admire him because he is an exemplary athlete."

After going into self-imposed exile following revelations about his extra-marital affairs, Woods will return at next month's U.S. Masters, the opening major of the year and an event he has won four times.