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Somdev keen to break into top hundred

sports Updated: Jan 02, 2010 01:14 IST

Armed with the confidence that he has it in him to perform at the highest level, Indian tennis’ poster boy Somdev Devvarman has set himself the immediate target of breaking into the top 100 in singles rankings while remaining consistent throughout the new year.

Somdev sparkled early in 2009 with a spectacular performance at the Chennai Open, where he reached the final, but struggled in the subsequent ATP tournaments.

“In 2009, I had flashes of really good play and then I also had a lot of slumps. I know now that I have the ability to play at quite a high level. I'm going to focus on doing that on a more consistent basis,” Somdev said as he begins the season at the Chennai Open, starting Jan 4.

“I know that’s what I need to improve my ranking and become a better player. It's the consistency day in and day out that's going to make the difference. I need to stay very focused and give it my best shot. I am definitely aiming at breaking the top-100 soon,” he added.

“I am having a hit twice everyday so far with a couple of short workouts a couple of days too. I'll tone it down once we get closer to the tournament. Physically I'm feeling really good,” he said.