Kolkata: Somdev Devvarman on Thursday celebrated his 29th birthday by beating Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 4-6 6-1 6-3 in the men's singles quarterfinals of the USD 50,000 ATP Challenger Tour.
India's No. 1 tennis player will face a tough opponent in Russia's Evgeny Donskoy in the semifinals but he could take solace from the fact that he enjoys a 1-0 head-to-head record against him. Somdev had posted a hard fought 4-6 7-6(5) 6-2 win against the Russian in the ATP World Tour Masters in Miami last year.
In the men's doubles, wild cards from either half of the draw, Saketh Myneni-Sanam Singh and Divij Sharan-Vishnu Vardhan won their respective semifinal matches to make it an all-Indian final, which will be held tomorrow. In the top half of the draw, Kazakh Aleksandr Nedovyesov lived up to his billing to thrash David Guez of France 6-1 6-3 to set a semifinal date with Serbian Ilija Bozoljac, who defeated David Guez of France 6-1 6-3.