Los Angeles: Somdev Devvarman
advanced to the second round of the USD 619,500 Farmers
Classic singles event with a straight set victory over local
qualifier Steve Johnson here.
Somdev, who made it to the main draw through a qualifier,
beat his American opponent 6-4, 6-4 in the first round match
which lasted one and half hours.
The Indian, currently ranked 103rd in the world, was
clearly the dominating player but had to dig deep into his
reserves to win long rallies against his opponent, ranked
outside the 1000 bracket.
He faces sixth seed and world number 45 Serbian Janko
Tipsaveric in the second round.
Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna is competing in the
doubles draw along with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq
The fourth seed pair will open its campaign against
British combination of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski.