Somdev enters top-100 in singles rankings

August 2nd, 2010 - 6:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Somdev Devvarman New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) India’s Somdev Devvarman broke into the top-100 of the tennis rankings in singles, jumping seven spots to 96 in the Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) chart Monday.
Somdev is only the second Indian after Leander Paes to be ranked in the top 100. Paes’ career high singles ranking was 73 in 1998.

The Indian benefited from his second round appearance at ATP Farmers Classic tournament in Los Angeles last week. Somdev lost to Serbian Janko Tipsarevic who had beaten the Indian at the Chennai Open in January 2010. It fetched Somdev 32 ATP points, including 12 points he earned in the qualifiers. He now has 540 ATP points.

His career-best rankings will be a shot in the arm for him before the US Open later this month.

Somdev was ranked 126 at the start of the year, but his ranking plummeted to 162 by the third week of January. He picked up with some good performance in the circuit.

Somdev reached the ATP Tour quarterfinal of the SA Open in Johannesburg and the second round of the ATP World Tour 500 series in Dubai Tennis Championships where he lost to Marcos Baghdatis.

Somdev, who leads India’s singles challenge in Davis Cup, also qualified for the French Open and went down to Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli in the first round.

He reached his maiden ATP Tour event finals in Chennai Open last year.

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