Somdev up against world number 65 Chiudinelli in 1st round

Paris: Somdev Devvarman has got a tricky
opener in the French Open singles as he has been drawn against
world number 65 Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland.

It is Somdev, who leads the head-to-head count 1-0 but
that win in Dubai in February this year was a hard-earned one.

If Somdev manages to beat Chiudinelli in the first round,
he will probably meet American 17 seed and world number 19
John Isner in the second round.

Somdev had beaten big-serving Isner in 2007 to win his
maiden NCAA championship title in US.

But Somdev and Isner have not clashed on Tour even once
after turning professionals.

Isner is up against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan in his
opening round.

Somdev, ranked 109, yesterday became the first Indian in
13 years to make the men`s singles main draw of the French

Leander Paes was the last Indian to play at Roland Garros
in 1997 when he reached second round.


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