Indian Wells (USA): After giving his idol
Rafael Nadal a good fight in the fourth round of the BNP
Paribas ATP Masters here, Somdev Devvarman feels that his form
prior to the tournament helped him do well against the
top-ranked player in the world.
Somdev, who became the first Indian to reach the fourth
round of an ATP Masters event, did extremely well against
Nadal, going down 5-7 4-6 after near two-hour battle.
Somdev said he overcame the initial jitters after
spending some time on the court.
"After the first couple of games, I felt I was just out
there playing a match. I didn`t think about who I was facing.
I started out well, too, so I felt very comfortable on the
"I was excited to play and the best part is that I had
played good tennis leading into this match. It was a great
experience to play the number one player in the world in one
of the biggest stadiums in the world," Somdev told reporters
after the match.
Somdev had beaten world number 45 Janko Tipsarevic and
also played extremely well against top-20 player Viktor
Troicki in a first round World Group tie of the Davis Cup.
Prior to that, he reached the final of the South Africa
Open and also fought well against legedary Swiss Roger Federer
at the Dubai Open.
Nadal also praised the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games
gold medallist for his spirited show.
"For sure, he did well and had a very good tournament. He
had a very, very good victory over Xavier Malisse (in the
third round) and I wish him all the best for the rest of the
season," he said.