Somdev bows out of Open 13 in France

Marseille (France): Somdev Devvarman could not go deep into the singles main draw after a stupendous start as the Indian bowed out of the ATP Open 13 tournament with a straight-sets defeat against Australia`s Berand Tomic on Wednesday.

Somdev, who had shocked world number 39 Benoit Paire in the opening round, went down 3-6 5-7 against world number 46 in the second round in one hour and 12 minutes.

Somdev perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling first round encounter against Paire to counter a formidable rival in Tomic.

Somdev though showed tremendous grit and will to fight as he came back to level the second set after being down a break at 3-5. Tomic broke him in the 12th game to clinch the issue.

Somdev earned 20 ranking points and euro 9130 as prize money.

Meanwhile, India`s challenge is still alive in the doubles with Rohan Bopanna and his British partner Colin Fleming reaching the quarter-finals.

They beat Robin Haase and Dick Norman 6-4 6-2 in their opening round.