While all sport lovers in India were overawed by cricket in the country, Somdev did his bit to announce his presence when he met World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells pre-quarters. (AFP Photo)
Coming into the match, the World No. 1 Rafael Nadal had steamrolled his previous opponents, dropping just 6 games through the course of the tournament. (AFP Photo)
But Nadal, a two-time winner at Indian Wells, won the first set even though he looked far from comfortable against Somdev. (AFP Photo)
The second set was identical to the first with both players holding their serve to stay neck and neck. (AFP Photo)
Charlie Pasarell and Larry Ellison watch Rafael Nadal of Spain play Somdev Devvarman of India during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. (AFP Photo)
Somdev kept his fighting spirit up despite the Spaniard improving as the game progressed. (AFP Photo)
In the end, Nadal came out victorious against a relentless Somdev Devvarman, who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Somdev, who may have been outplayed on paper, gave the World No. 1 a run for his money. (AFP Photo)