Wimbledon 2011: Somdev breaks India’s losing streak at Big W

first_imgSomdev Devvarman set a dubious record straight by winning a round in men’s singles for the first time at The Championships as he outslugged Denis Gremelmayr 6-4, 4-2 (conceded) on Tuesday night.The last time an Indian won a round at Wimbledon in men’s singles was in 2001. At that time, Leander Paes was the flavour of Indian tennis, but lost to Nicolas Kiefer a round later. Given India’s lack of depth in men’s singles, Somdev’s win was a relief as the 26-year-old did not have to exert himself in the second set with the German conceding the match.As one who likes to hit the ball hard and on the rise, conditions were predictable on grass as Somdev stroked with confidence and also moved in whenever he got the chance.The backhand slice was effective and the occasional chip and charge also worked as he worked his way past 29-year-old Gremelmayr, who is ranked 110 on the ATP computer. Somdev said he spoke to his opponent after the match.”You’ve got to feel for your opponent. He told me that he was sick. I didn’t know that going into the match. It must feel terrible for him to go out that way,” said Somdev. “I would’ve liked to finish the match, but you can’t do much about that can you? I liked the way I was playing. I was enjoying myself out there.” On Thursday, Somdev plays dangerous 18th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. However, Somdev was not too concerned when he was told about his feat of emulating Paes.advertisement”I’ve established myself as a singles player on the Tour. I have my own identity. When I started, was exciting to be the first one since Leander Paes, but now it’s different. I’m looking to make progress. I’m not playing singles in anyone’s shadow anymore. I think Leander will be the first say that,” said a bold Somdev.Somdev broke Gremelmayr the tenth game to clinch the first set. The Indian then did well to hold serve in the opening game the second set, in which he faced four breakpoints. From that stage onwards, Gremelmayr was down and out. He asked for a medical timeout before being broken again in the sixth game, after which he approached the chair say he couldn’t continue.Somdev also spoke about positives from the win. “I have improved my game. I’m doing different things like slicing and coming to the net much more than have before and creating more opportunities for myself on the court. I’m moving well too,” added Somdev.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img

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