Oct 8, 2010

Somdev clears his way for CWG 2010 Men's Tennis Singles Final


Top seed Somdev Devvarman (IND) has assured of at least a Silver medal in the Men's Tennis Singles in the 19th Commonwealth Games 2010 at Delhi after he stormed into the Final with a straight-sets win over third seed Matthew Ebden (AUS) here today.

The world number 97 outplayed world number 165 Ebden, 6-3, 6-1, in one hour and 11 minutes at the Centre Court of the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium. His next opponent will also be an Australian as the other semifinal is an all-Australian affair between second seed Peter Luczak and fifth seed Greg Jones.

Unlike previous matches, the semifinal featured long rallies but Somdev had strong enough legs and stamina to outlast his opponent. Ebden was coming into this match after playing an energy-sapping three-setter against England's Joshua Goodall and perhaps had not recovered from the gruelling encounter.

Nevertheless, he did pose some questions for Somdev but the top seed was equipped with enough answers.The match never rose to expected highs ever since Ebden dropped his serve in the first game. The Australian slowly picked up but Somdev gradually tightened his grip over the match to make it to the Finals.

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