Somdev Devvarman could not go deep into the singles main draw after a stupendous start as the Indian bowed out of the ATP Marseille Open with a straight-set defeat against Australia’s Bernard Tomic on Wednesday.
Devvarman, who had shocked world No. 39 Benoit Paire in the opening round, went down 3-6, 5-7 against world No. 46 in the second round in one hour and 12 minutes. Devvarman showed tremendous grit and will to fight as he came back to level the second set after being down a break at 3-5. Tomic broke him in the 12th game to clinch the issue. Devvarman earned 20 ranking points and euro 9130 as prize money.
Meanwhile, India’s challenge is still alive in the doubles with Rohan Bopanna and his British partner Colin Fleming reaching the quarterfinals. They beat Robin Haase and Dick Norman 6-4, 6-2 in their opening round.
The results: At Marseille: ATP Marseille Open: Second round: Bernard Tomic bt Somdev Devvarman 6-3, 7-5.
First round: Julien Benneteau bt Lucas Pouille 7-6(0), 6-3; Marcel Granollers bt Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4; Gilles Muller bt Richard Gasquet 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(5); Michael Llodra bt David Goffin 6-2, 6-4; Ernests Gulbis bt Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-2; Roberto Bautista bt Filip Krajinovic 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0.
Doubles: First round: Rohan Bopanna & Colin Fleming bt Robin Haase & Dick Norman 6-4, 6-2.
At Memphis: ATP/WTA U.S. indoor championships: Men: First round: Michael Russell bt Alex Bogomolov 6-2, 6-4; Igor Sijsling bt Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 7-6(3); James Blake bt Florian Mayer 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Sam Querrey bt Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3; Feliciano Lopez bt Benjamin Becker 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Kei Nishikori bt Ilya Marchenko 6-4, 7-5.
Women: Second round: Magdalena Rybarkova bt Lauren Davis 7-6(2), 6-2; Jamie Hampton bt Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-0. First round: Sabine Lisicki bt Madison Keys 7-5, 6-3; Claire Feuerstein bt Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 6-4; Andrea Hlavackova bt Melanie Oudin 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
At Dubai: WTA Dubai Open: First round: Roberta Vinci bt Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-1; Samantha Stosur bt Su-Wei Hsieh 6-4, 6-0; Nadia Petrova bt Carla Suarez 6-1, 6-0; Agnieszka Radwanska bt Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 6-3; Caroline Wozniacki bt Jie Zheng 6-0, 6-1.