New Delhi: Somdev Devvarman lost his first round match to fellow qualifier Matteo Viola in straight sets to crash out of the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
The Indian lost 3-6 3-6 to his lower-ranked Italian rival after one hour and 15 minutes. While Somdev is ranked 98, Viola is 140 on the ATP ranking charts. It was first meeting between the two players.
Somdev's fifth double fault of the match handed Viola two match points. The Indian saved first but Viola converted second to set up a second round clash with world number four Spaniard David Ferrer.