French Open 2014: Somdev Devvarman dashes Indian hopes, exits in first round

Somdev Devvarman

Indian pin-up boy in the tennis w0rld Somdev Devvarman played some great tennis but could not make it to the next level as he was beaten by  Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the French Open on Sunday. In the tough four set match, World No. 93 Aleksandr Nedovyesov beat six places higher in the rankings Devvarman 7-5, 3-6, 6-7(4), 3-6. The match lasted for three hours and 13 minute.

It was yet another disappointing loss for the India’s highest ranked player in the men’s singles who has yet to go beyond the second round at grand slam events. In the earlier concluded Australian Open 2014, Somdev Devdevvarman had made the first round exit as well.

Somdev Devvarman who has defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov earlier in February 2014 to take the Delhi Open Challenger title took command of the game by drawing the first blood with the first set lead. But his Kazakshatan rival quickly took control of things by immediately taking the second set 6-3.

With disappointing singles results, all eyes would be on the doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna playing the men’s doubles. Leander Paes will not be participating at the French Open 2014. In the women’s doubles event, Sania Mirza will play alongside partner Cara Black from Zimbabwe.