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India look to Devvarman with hope – 1

A positive attitude, strong legs and practice sessions with Andy Roddick have turned Somdev Devvarman into the new hope of Indian tennis.

 

 

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Devvarman jumped 48 places up the world rankings this week after reaching his first ATP Tour final in Chennai.

“Somdev’s biggest strengths are his legs and his head,” said twice Wimbledon quarter-finalist Vijay Amritraj as he commentated on the tournament. “It’s a good sign.”

Devvarman, who turned professional last year and is India’s highest-ranked player, said during the event that his recent improvement was due to a three-week practice session with American former world number one Roddick in December.

His  coach says his biggest asset is his attitude.

“He may lose matches but never, ever have I seen him giving up,” Jacek Wolicki said last week.

ROBUST DISPLAY

The 23-year-old Devvarman, who is based in the United States, rose to 154 in the world after beating former world number one Carlos Moya and world number 25 Ivo Karlovic on his way to his first ATP final.

Wildcard Devvarman produced a robust display against Croatian Marin Cilic, ranked 27th last week, before being beaten 6-4, 7-6 in the final.

“This is what we’ve been looking for so many years now… This boy is a real find for us,” doubles specialist Mahesh Bhupathi told the Times of India newspaper.

Bhupathi was one half of the “Indian Express” doubles team with Leander Paes which rose to number one in the world in 1999.

Atlanta Olympics bronze medallist Paes remains the last Indian to have won an ATP singles title, in Newport in 1998, the year he reached his career-best singles ranking of 73 and the last year that India played in the Davis Cup World Group.

ref: thetimesofindia