Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman scored a stunning upset win over Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in straight sets to advance to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, an ATP Masters tournament here.
Somdev, the Indian No. 1 player, sent his 19th seed opponent packing 7-5, 6-0 in a second round match of the $3,645,000 prize money hard court ATP event.
Baghdatis is currently ranked 22nd in the world while Somdev is at 84th position.
In the round of 32, the Indian will meet Belgian Xavier Malisse who also stunned 15th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 7-6(6), 7-5 in another second round match.
If Somdev beats Malisse, he has the chance to play against World No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain as both have been placed in the top half of the draw.
Nadal plays another qualifier Ryan Sweeting of the United States in the third round and the winner will play the victor of the match between Somdev and Malisse in the pre-quarterfinals.
Somdev had made it to the main draw along with his Davis Cup teammate Rohan Bopanna after playing in the qualifying round. He had beaten Adrian Mannarino of France 6-2, 6-3 in the first round.
Bopanna, on the other hand, had crashed out in the first round after losing to wild card Bernard Tomic of Australia 7-6, 6-7, 4-6.
Second round: Rafael Nadal (Esp) bt Rick de Voest (Rsa) 6-0, 6-2; Fernando Verdasco (Esp) bt Ricardas Berankis (Ltu) 7-5, 2-0 retired; Ivo Karlovic (Cro) bt David Ferrer (Esp) 7-6(3), 6-3; Juan Martin Del Potro (Arg) bt Ivan Ljubicic (Cro) 5-7, 6-4, 6-2; Donald Young (USA) bt Andy Murray (Gbr) 7-6(4), 6-3; Nicolas Almagro (Esp) bt Michael Russell (USA) 6-4, 6-4; Xavier Malisse (Bel) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) 7-6(6), 7-5; Robin Soderling (Swe) bt Michael Berrer (Ger) 6-3, 7-6(4). — PTI
Keywords: Indian Wells Masters