Chennai Open: Indian duo wins 1st round main draw

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Chennai, Jan 5: Indian pair Somdev Devvarman and Sonam Singh thrashed Russian-American duo of Rik De Voest and Scott Lipsky in the ATP Chennai Open tournament to win the first round main-draw tie.

The young wild card entrants took over their experienced opponents with a steady strategy and defeated them in straight sets 6-2 7-5.

"Yes. Today we clicked. There are no feelings of urgency in getting a call for playing for India. Som is already a Davis Cupper. Hopefully, we have done well and looking ahead for positive result match after match," Sonam Singh told at a press conference.

The youngsters, whose performance is getting the media to compare them to the legendary Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, have improved their game ever since they migrated to the US.

When asked about them having to have undergone the grind at the same University, Sonam said, "Yes. The grind at the same university had helped us a lot."

"No doubt, I had improved a lot physically too after being understudy as a junior in the same college where Som belonged.The 30 months that I had spent in the University was of great help to me", he added.

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