Somdev Devvarman unhappy with himself for being inconsistent in 2014

Second seed Somdev Devvarman lost the first set against Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras only to bounce back in style to set up a semifinal showdown against third seed Evgeny Donskoy of Russia in the Kolkata ATP Challenger event.

Updated: February 13, 2014 22:14 IST
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Kolkata: Back to his rhythm after a career threatening shoulder surgery in 2012, India number one Somdev Devvarman, who has just made successive ATP Challenger semifinals, said he needs to be more consistent.

"It's very important to play good tennis. If you are making semis in Challengers it means you are okay. The exciting part here is that I feel I can still play a lot better. Hopefully that happens in the next couple of days," Somdev said after defeating Spaniard Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarters.

"Obviously it's always good to win a match, especially in the quarters of a Challengers. Played good tennis after the first set today. It's good to be through," he said.

Second seed Somdev lost the first set only to bounce back in style to set up a semifinal showdown against third seed Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

"Honestly it was a bad start. the first game was really loose and the 4-4 game was really loose. I had two bad games really. At this level other players are good players. You give them two free games and you are in a down fight.

"In the second set I cleaned up my act a lot. Started serving a little better. I don't think I faced break points after the first set... I felt I was backing it up well off the ground and playing smart tennis. I'm happy to be through," Somdev who turned 29 today said.

Having beaten the Russian in a tough battle in Miami last year, Somdev feels he is ready to win once more to make the final.

"We had an absolute battle in Miami. He was in top 100 a few times. He's a very good player and coming back now. It's going to be a good match.

"I feel like I've been working very hard. Slowly things have started going my way. Hopefully I can get away tomorrow by playing better.

"I would like to take one match at a time. I've a tough match coming up. I've to play well to win tomorrow," he said.

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