Somdev Devvarman knocked out of China Open in first round

Updated: 02 October 2013 09:37 IST

It was a comfortable win for the Spaniard Fernando Verdasco despite first set heroics by Somdev Devvarman. Verdasco faces Novak Djokovic in the next round.

Somdev Devvarman knocked out of China Open in first round
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Fernando Verdasco raced past a spirited Somdev Devvarman in straight sets to knock the Indian out in the first round of the ATP tour's China Open on Tuesday.

Ranked 97, the 28-year-old Indian lost 7-6(8/6), 6-3 to the rank 31 Spaniard. Novak Djokovic is Verdasco's next opponent.

According to reports received here, Somdev was up 6-2 in the first set tie-breaker before Verdasco won six straight points to deflate the Indian.

Earlier, the Indian ace had recorded a 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 win over his Italian opponent Paolo Lorenzi, who is placed 12 places above Somdev, to qualify for the ATP China Open singles event.

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