Somdev ousted from ATP Farmers Classic

Los Angeles: Somdev Devvarman suffered a
second successive defeat against Serbia`s Janko Tipsaveric to
crash out of the ATP Farmers Classic here.

The Indian qualifier fought hard but lost 6-7(9), 2-6 to
his sixth seed and world number 46 rival in the second round
of the USD 619,500 hard court event.

Somdev, ranked 103, had lost to Tipsaveric at Chennai
Open earlier this year in the pre-quarterfinals.

Somdev collected useful 20 points by making the second
round apart from 12 points from the qualifiers.

These 32 points have enhanced Somdev`s chances to break
into top-100 for the first time in his career.

Leander Paes was the last Indian to feature in singles
top-100 way back in 1999.

A top-100 place will also help Somdev earn a direct entry
into men`s singles main draw of the US Open, the last Grand
Slam of the season.

Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna and Pakistani partner
Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi have progressed to doubles quarterfinals
after beating British pair of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski.

The fourth seed Indo-Pak pair faced a stiff competition
before scoring a 6-7(3), 6-0, 10-7 win in the opening round.


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