Somdev aims to reach top 70 in two months

Last Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 14:06 PM IST

Singapore: Indian tennis star Somdev
Devraman`s top priority at the moment is to get back into the
top 100 in ATP rankings and then go for top 70 in the next
couple of months.

"I had broken into the top 100 last year and out again
this year, hopefully I`ll be able to get back in and be more
consistent, hopefully get into the 70`s and give myself a shot
at playing in a lot more tournaments this year," Somdev, whose
current ranking is 108, said on the sidelines of the Singapore
Challenger here.

Somdev`s next stop is Johannesburg in South Africa where
he reached the quarterfinals last year.

"I hope to reach the quarters here and probably do
better," said Somdev.

On his plans ahead Somdev said, "I`ll be playing at
Johannesburg and then another challenger here, and will then
start preparations for the Davis Cup and play two challengers
in March to try and get my rankings up."

Speaking on India`s chances at the Davis Cup against
Serbia in Serbia, Somdev said though it is a tough tie, he
has a gut feeling that India would do well.

"Bops and me played well the last tie and we have quite a
strong team, with Lee and Hesh in doubles with a combination
like this we always have chance, if we pull off a win on day 1
we have a very good chance," said Somdev.

"I`m looking forward to the tie which may be played
either on indoor hard surface or on clay," he added.

On his performance at the Singapore Challenger, where he
was a favorite for the title, he said that he was playing
well but was somewhat disturbed by rains, which altered the
playing schedule on a couple of occasions.

"I`m a professional an have to take it in my stride and
can`t complain, have to overcome such situations. It`s a good
learning experience for me," he said.

"I was expected to do well but it was certainly not my
day and I was sluggish on the court against Andrej Martin. I
didn`t utilize my strength, which is moving around," he
admitted.

PTI