Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Somdev in top 100

Somdev Devvarman was ranked No. 96 in the latest rankings released by the ATP on Monday.

The big breakthrough was pending a long time for the No.1 tennis player of the country, who had beaten the towering John Isner of the US, ranked No.19 now, in the final in 2007, for the first of his two NCAA titles.

Devvarman became the sixth Indian men's tennis player after ATP computer rankings started in August 1973, to figure in the top-100 behind Vijay Amritraj (16), Ramesh Krishnan (23), Leander Paes (73), Anand Amritraj (74) and Sashi Menon (87).

Ramanathan Krishnan who had reached the singles semifinals of Wimbledon in 1960 and 1961, apart from the quarterfinals of French Open in 1962, was unofficially ranked as high as No.3 in the world in his time.

“It was long time due. The time has come for Somdev at last,” said the captain of the Indian Davis Cup team, S.P. Misra, quite pleased to hear the news.

Devvarman's effort in the tournament in Los Angeles last week, when he came through the qualifying event and won a round, helped him collect 32 ATP points and break the barrier, 12 years after Paes had broken into the top-100 in 1998. When he made the final of the ATP Tour event in Chennai last year, Devvarman broke through into the top-200 and was ranked 155.


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