The Telegraph
Tuesday , February 18 , 2014
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Somdev stays positive

New Delhi: Somdev Dev Varman might have been ousted in the semi-finals of the ATP Challengers in Chennai and Calcutta, but he is not losing hope. Instead, he is gearing up to give his best in the Delhi-leg of the Challenger.

Somdev will face wildcard Karunuday Singh in his first match on Tuesday. On Monday, when asked whether he is under pressure of performing in front of his home crowd, he said: “I enjoy playing in India. I don’t think too much about winning or losing. I lost to an Indian or a foreigner because the player played better than me… I lost to Yuki because he performed better… There is no big deal in it,” he said.

In both the Chennai and Calcutta Challengers, Somdev lost to eventual winners Yuki and Evgeny Donskoy, respectively. In Delhi, Somdev will have to overcome the challenge of Yuki Bhambri, who will also start his campaign on Tuesday, against Frenchman Lucas Pouille.

Somdev said three consecutive Challengers in India would be of great help for the local players. “After 2008, this is the first time we are having back-to-back tournaments here. In the first week, eight Indians made the main draw and four of them made the quarter finals. Yuki won both the singles and doubles titles at the Chennai meet.