New Delhi: Rising tennis star Somdev Devvarman on Monday became only the second Indian after Leander
Paes to break into the top-100 of ATP rankings, reaching a
career-high 96th in the latest list.
Somdev rose seven rungs in the chart and has 540 points.
The 25-year-old is the first Indian in 11 years to be inside
the top-100 bracket.
Somdev rose to prominence in 2007 and has since made the
cut for India`s Davis Cup. He has now become the top singles
player for the country and has also been a proven giant-killer
on the ATP circuit.
Somdev reached his maiden ATP Tour event finals in last
year`s Chennai Open, beating more established players like
Carlos Moya of Spain and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in the
Somdev also reached the ATP Tour quarterfinal of the
South African Open in Johannesburg the same year before
leading India`s singles challenge in the Davis Cup tie against
Somdev qualified for this year`s French Open and went
down fighting against Switzerland`s Marco Chiudinelli 6-3,
3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round.