Paris: Somdev Devvarman crashed out of the French Open after he went down fighting 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 to world number 65 Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland in the first round of the French Open singles event.
The match, which saw fortunes swing from one end to the other, lasted close to 4 hours.
Somdev Devvarman fought his heart out in his maiden French Open campaign before crashing out of the clay court Grand Slam event following a marathon five-set duel.
Somdev came back twice from a set down to ignite hopes of a win but a break conceded at the second game of the decider cooked his goose.
The Indian started strongly making his world number 65 opponent toil for every point. Somdev got an early breakpoint and a chance to surge ahead after 1-1 but the Swiss fought back and won the third game of the opening set after exchange
of a few deuce points.
Somdev failed to maintain his tempo and was broken in the
sixth game as Marco first took a 4-2 lead before pocketing the
first set 6-3.
However, the world number 109 Indian, who is known for
his gutsy fightbacks, raised his game to several notches to
take the second set 6-3.
Somdev, who had beaten the same opponent in Dubai in
February, broke the Swiss baseline player -- similar as him --
in the sixth game of the second set to take it and draw
In the third set, the Swiss big server, broke Somdev in
the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead. The Guwahati-born Indian
played some close games later on and was on the verge of
breaking his opponent in the next game but failed to convert
it and eventually lost the third set 3-6.
But Somdev made yet another comeback in the fourth set,
breaking his rival in the second and fourth game and barring a
third game slip, held his serve till the end to win it 6-3 and
level the match 2-2.
Much was expected from Somdev in the decider but Marco
stole the show when he broke the Indian in the second game and
held his serve to take a 3-0 lead.
Lagging 3-5, Somdev reeled off a couple of points and was
30-0 at one point in the ninth game of the decider but the
Swiss came back strongly to eventually pocket the set and pour
cold waters on India`s hopes.