He won 79 percent of his first serve points, which was one of the key factors in today's successful effort by Somdev. "I was serving pretty well. It was one of the best serving days of my career. It was nice," said Somdev at the post-match press conference.

"I am very happy with the way I played. I was obviously nervous to begin with. Little bit of the nerves eased because I knew I was not the favourite by any means and people did not expect me to win. So going in there with that kind of an attitude definitely helped me play more relaxed," he added.

Somdev registered his biggest victory of the season, beating Vesley 7-6 (3) 6-4 6-3 after Yuki Bhambri's defeat against big-hitting Lukas Rosol, World No. 85, in the first match.

Ranked 164 in the world, the Indian said that the strategy to hold the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie in Delhi payed off as the slower court helped him post an upset win over World No. 40 Vesley.

"I think the conditions helped here. We came to Delhi knowing that it will help me and Yuki. Strategy we used in
coming to Delhi, the slower courts of DLTA, worked for us today. Czechs are big guys with big servers and are big hitters. Knowing that and given the conditions here we made that decision. We are 1-1 and are in a good position today," Somdev said yesterday.

 

Latest News from Sports News Desk