Paris: An inconsistent Somdev Devvarman failed to consolidate on a solid start and lost 4-6, 3-6, 4-6 to veteran Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in the men's singles first round at the French Open tennis here Tuesday.
Somdev, who has had a decent run on the Tour this year, looked good to take the Croat a fair distance after the way he started. After an early break all he needed was to hold his serve to take the first set. He lost his way and once Ljubcic snatched the first set, the Indian could not gather himself for a fight.
The start for the Indian was too good. He played fluently to go 4-2 up in the first set and was 40-15 on his serve in the eighth game, but dropped it and soon the set as the 32-year-old Croat won four games on the trot. The Indian, thereafter, was good only in patches and bowed out after battling it out for two hours.