When Somdev Devvarman was at the peak of his career in 2011, a shoulder injury put a brake on his ascendancy but the gritty Indian says he has taken the tough period in his stride and is now aiming to re-enter the top-100 by the end of this season.

In the entire 2012 season post-rehabilitation, he could win just two matches out of nine he played. In the process, his ranking plummeted to 664.

Asked how he looks back at the tough period and could it have been different had he not suffered the shoulder injury, Somdev said he prefers to look ahead.

“It’s difficult to say how my career would’ve progressed if I hadn’t got injured when I did. But I was playing some good tennis at that point. However, injuries are a part and parcel of the sport and I’ve taken it in my stride,” Somdev told PTI.

Now that he is getting back to his usual fighting self, demanding every single ounce of energy his opponent has in him to get the better of him, Somdev is now eyeing the top-100 bracket in the ATP rankings.

“Remain healthy, fit and injury free! To finish the year top-100 would also be great,” he said.

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