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Somdev stuns Cilic in Washington
Published on 6 Aug. 2009 1:46 AM IST
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Somdev Devvarman avenged a Chennai finals loss to Marin Cilic on Tuesday by upsetting the Croatian sixth seed 7-5, 6-4 to reach the third round of the 1.4 million-dollar ATP Washington Classic. Devvarman, a two-time US college national champion at the nearby University of Virginia who joined the ATP ranks a year ago, connected on 62 percent of his first serves and saved 5-of-7 break points to advance in one hour, 42 minutes. Cilic, ranked 15th, defeated Devvarman, ranked 153rd, in January’s Chennai final, denying Devvarman a triumph in his hometown and in his first ATP final. The 24-year-old qualifier improved to 9-10 lifetime in ATP matches, 7-2 this year, and will next meet big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic, ranked 33rd, or Germany’s Rainer Schuettler. Schuettler, ranked 92nd, eliminated Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in the final first-round match. Germany’s Benjamin Becker, ranked 47th, outlasted American Robby Ginepri in three tie-breaker sets Tuesday to book himself a spot opposite US top seed Andy Roddick in the second round. Becker fired 27 aces to defeat Ginepri 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (1/7), 7-6 (7/4) and put himself in the path of fifth-ranked Roddick, who has not played since losing to Roger Federer in a five-set Wimbledon final thriller last month. “He had a big break and a good run at Wimbledon,” Becker said. “It’s his first match on hardcourts but you have to think he’s going to play well on hardcourts. He likes it here. He has won three times. “These conditions, with his serve, it’s going to be tough to get a read on it. I’m just going to have fun with it and see if I can do some damage.” After surrendering his seventh double fault to lift Ginepri in the final tie-breaker, Becker fired his last ace on a second serve to advance at US Open hardcourt tune up. “I couldn’t get a read on Benjamin’s serve,” Ginepri said. “The guy served extremely well.” Defending champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina plays his opening match after a first-round bye later. The second seed and world number six will face 62nd-ranked Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan.

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