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Giant killer Ramkumar stuns Somdev

Giant killer Ramkumar stuns Somdev
Continuing to make giant strides, Indian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan on Tuesday stunned country’s number one men’s singles player and fourth seed Somdev Devvarman in $50,000 Kolkata Open at the Bengal Tennis Association courts on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old, who has been levelled as the face to watch out for, showed nerves of steel to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat en route to the last 16 stage with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Devvarman, who won Delhi Open two days ago. It was in the same round and by the identical margin, that the youngster had stunned Devvarman in last year’s Chennai Open to lead 2-1 head to head.

Earlier on the same court, Delhi Open runner-up Yuki Bhambri got some medical attention before storming past an error-prone Enrique Lopez-Perez of Spain 6-2, 6-2. Ramkumar will face Serbia’s Miki Jankovic, while Bhambri will take on sixth seed Radu Albot of Moldova in the pre-quarters as the Indian duo are headed for a possible semifinal clash. Taipei’s Ti Chen produced another upset of the day when he ousted Luke Saville of Australia 6-3 3-6 6-2. In the battle tipped to be between the ‘present’ and the ‘future’ of Indian tennis, Devvarman who won Delhi Open on Sunday, cruised to the first set lead breaking the youngster in the ninth game. But Ramkumar kept shouting and screaming for every point that he won and was not there to give up easily.

Breaking Devvarman in the second game, Ramkumar fought his way back to take the match into the deciding third set. Devvarman was leading 3-0 after breaking Ramkumar in the second game and was 4-1 up when the Tamil Nadu youngster went on to win five games in a row to settle the issue in two hour and 19 minutes.
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