Miami: Somdev Devvarman set up his biggest match of the season, a pre-quarterfinal clash with world number one Novak Djokovic in the ATP Miami Masters, after scripting yet another come-from-behind win. The unseeded Indian overcame Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France 4-6 6-4 7-5 in the second round. Somdev saved seven of the nine break chances he faced in the match and that proved crucial in his win. With this victory, Somdev levelled the head-to-head record 1-1 with Edouard.
He now plays the six-time Grand Slam winner for a place in the quarter-finals. In his previous clashes with one of the greatest players of all time such as Rafael Nadal, Somdev had put up a good challenge. Earlier, Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men’s doubles event after a hard-fought victory over Richard Gasquet and Edouard.
Bhupathi and Nestor notched up a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over their French opponents in a 79-minute opening round match.
The third-seeded Indo-Canadian pair came from behind to force a tie-break in the first-set but they were in control of the second set. They next play Spaniard Nicolas Almagro and his Austrian partner Oliver Marach.