Dubai Open: Somdev Devvarman upsets Juan Martin del Potro to enter second round

Wildcard Somdev Devvarman entered the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after second seed Juan Martin del Potro was forced to retire mid-way with an injury.

updated: February 25, 2014 20:53 IST
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Dubai: India number one Somdev Devvarman today recorded the biggest win of his career by beating world number five Juan Martin Del Potro but the victory came when the Argentine retired mid-way into the first round match of the Dubai Duty Free Championships, here. Somdev, ranked 78, had won the first set 7-6 (3) in an hour and seven minutes and immediately after this, Del Potro took a medical timeout due to pain in his left wrist.

The Argentine second seed found it tough to continue and conceded the match. Somdev had lost 4-6, 4-6 to Del Potro last year at this very event in the pre-quarterfinals. This is Somdev's first-ever win against a top-5 player who is also a Grand Slam champion. Del Potro is the 2009 US Open winner.

Somdev has competed against the legends of the game, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic but haven't won against any of them, although he fought well against all these multiple Grand Slam winners. He lost to Nadal in 2011 at Indian Wells Masters in two close sets and the same year he had lost to Federer at this very Dubai event.

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