Paris: India’s tennis ace Somdev Devvarman lost to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in the men's singles first round of French Open on Tuesday.

Ljubicic next plays the winner of the match between American Sam Querrey and Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The big-serving Croat took little over two hours to quell the challenge of the top-ranked Indian.

It was always going to be a tough match for Somdev who doesn't fancy playing on the clay courts. Ljubicic who is known to be a clay-court specialist fired 10 aces compared to four by the Indian.

It was Somdev's second serve that let him down today. While Ljubicic got 70 per cent of his second serve in, Somdev's success with the second serve was a mere 47 per cent.

Not only did the Croat had superior baseline game but time and again he created pressure on the Indian ranked 66th in the world with his timely net approaches.

That was precisely the reason that Ljubicic hit as many as 40 winners.

Somdev's only break point conversion came in the first set when he got four chances to break his opponent. Ljubicic on the otherhand converted both the break points to wrap up the first set.

Somdev couldn't put up much resistance in the second set which he lost in only 29 minutes. He tried to put up a fight in the third set but Ljubicic didn't have to break much sweat in moving to the next round.

Agencies