New Delhi: Somdev Devvarman was off to a
winning start at the USD 75,000 ATP Challenger tournament in
Aptos, USA as he beat Japanese Yuichi Sugita in three-sets.
The second seed Indian overcame a first set deficit to
beat his unseeded opponent 5-7, 6-2, 6-0 in the first round of
the hard court event.
This was Somdev`s second win over Sugita and leads the
head-to-head tally 2-1. Last year the two players clashed
twice with Somdev emerging winner in Washington DC and the
Japanese in Tokyo.
Somdev, ranked 105, will next take on 226-ranked American
Alex Bogomolov Jr, who beat wild card and compatriot Bradley
Klahn 6-2 6-0 in his first round match.
It will be first meeting between the two players