KOLKATA, Feb 24 (PTI): Continuing to make giant strides, Indian youngster Ramkumar Ramanathan today stunned country’s number one men’s singles player and fourth seed Somdev Devvarman in the USD 50,000 Kolkata Open at the Bengal Tennis Association courts here today.
The 20-year-old, who has been levelled as the face to watch out for, showed nerves of steel to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat en route to the last 16 stage with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Devvarman, who won Delhi Open two days ago.
It was in the same round and by the identical margin, that the youngster had stunned Devvarman in the last year’s Chennai Open to lead 2-1 head to head.
“He won once and then I won (last year), and this year I won, hope there’s many more in store,” the curly-haired, 6' 2" lad said dedicating his win to his father, coach Joan Balcells.
On his shocking loss, Devvarman said: “I came here late Sunday night, there’s little time to rest. But no excuses. After all, I was 4-1 up. There’s no point over thinking these games. At no point did I think the game was slipping away. Usually I’m quite good at closing out such games but it didn’t happen. He’s a good player.”
Earlier on the same court, Delhi Open runner-up Yuki Bhambri got some medical attention before storming past an error-prone Enrique Lopez-Perez of Spain 6-2, 6-2.
Ramkumar will face Serbia’s Miki Jankovic, while Bhambri will take on sixth seed Radu Albot of Moldova in the pre-quarters as the Indian duo are headed for a possible semifinal clash.
Taipei’s Ti Chen produced another upset of the day when he ousted Luke Saville of Australia 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.