Somdev in semi-finals of South African Open

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Johannesburg, Feb 5 (PTI) Commonwealth and Asian Gamesgold medallist Somdev Devvarman superior to the semi-final ofthe South African Open after he fought again from a set downto beat native hope Rik de Voest.

The 25-year-old Indian star triumphed 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 aftera 138-minute battle on the Montecasino leisure centrehere yesterday.

With this victory, Somdev made amends for his final yr”souting within the ATP World Tour occasion right here the place he waseliminated in straight units by Spain”s David Ferrer at thequarter-final stage.

A few early third-set service breaks and Somdev wason his approach. The victory moved the Indian inside two matches ofa USD 76,500 first prize and 250 ATP World Tour factors.

Somdev broke serve within the first sport and led 3-1 beforeDe Voest rode on two service breaks, which helped the SouthAfrican win 5 video games on the trot and take the opening set.

The second set, too, noticed Somdev take an early 4-1 leadbefore he dropped serve within the seventh sport, which helped DeVoest to pressure a tiebreaker.

As Somdev surrendered an early three-point benefit, theSouth African levelled by way of a backhand cross-court shot, butlike within the first set, the Indian didn”t buckle beneath pressureon this event and took the duel to the third set.

After engrossing contests within the first two, the third setturned out to be a one-sided affair with Somdev holding allaces.

“Rik is a good participant whom I acquired on high of solely in theclosing levels and now I have to face one other South African (Izakvan der Merwe) for a spot within the closing,” mentioned Somdev.

“We share the identical coach and practise lots collectively sowe know fairly properly how the opposite performs. It’s nice to reachthe final 4 of such a prestigious match because the SouthAfrican Open.” PTI AH