India’s No. 1 Somdev Devvarman pulled off a stunning 6-4, 7-5 victory over a top-100 player Swiss Marco Chiudinelli and moved into the second round of the Dubai Tennis Championships here Tuesday.
Egged on by a sizeable India audience, Somdev, ranked 143 on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) charts, knocked out 52nd-ranked Chiudinelli with some consistent serving and solid ground strokes.
Somdev, who qualified for the main draw, won 76 percent of his service points in the 80-minute battle.
The Indian, who will join his country’s Davis Cup squad to play the World Group against Russia in Moscow after this tournament, now plays Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis who overcame eighth-seeded Frenchman Simon Gilles 7-6 (3), 6-4 in the first round.
Paes-Dlouhy enter quarters
India’s Leander Paes and Czech Lukas Dlouhy have joined Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi in the quarterfinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships.
The second-seeded Indo-Czech pair fought off a tough first set challenge from Polish pair Mariusz Frystenberg and Marcin Matkowski before winning 7-6(7), 6-3.
Paes and Dlouhy now await the winners of the match between wildcard pair of India’s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Frenchman Arnaud Clement and Swede Robert Lindstedt.
Davydenko, Cilic through
Nikolay Davydenko admitted he’s trying to win the Dubai Championships with a sore left wrist after barely winning his first-round match against Florent Serra of France 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1. In another match, sixth seed Marin Cilic thrived in sweltering conditions to power past Frenchman Arnaud Clement 6-2 6-4 in the first round
Haas stunned in R1 at Delray Beach
Top seed Tommy Haas suffered a first-round upset to Teimuraz Gabashvili 7-6 7-5 on Monday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Tournament. Russian Gabashvili won the first set tie-breaker 7-3 and took a 2-0 lead in the second before Haas stormed back.
At 5-5, Haas had a break point but the persistent Gabashvili held on and then broke the German for a fourth time to close out the match.