Somdev, ranked 96, recorded a 6-2 7-5 win over his 483-ranked compatriot in his opening round in one hour and 28 minutes at the centre court of the R K Khanna tennis stadium.      

Myneni, who recently made his Davis Cup debut, bowed out after a gruelling first round contest against Italian Thomas Fabbiano. The Indian wild card lost 6-7 (4) 6-7 (4) after one hour and 59 minutes of intense tennis.
     
Now three Indian wild cards have suffered first round defeats and only Ramkumar Ramanathan is left in the fray. He is scheduled to play later today.
     
Karunuday, playing only his second main draw at a Challenger event, began well by serving out the first game at love with an ace but keeping the points short was a big task against Somdev, who has an amazing ability to retrieve the ball.
     
Kaurunuday kept playing aggressively with big shots, a strategy which has worked against Somdev for a few players. There was the risk of committing errors with that ploy and it happened.
    
He dropped serve at love in the third game with a double fault on the first breakpoint and Somdev easily made it 3-1 with an easy hold in the next.
     
Karunuday was again down by a breakpoint when he hit a forehand long but saved it with good service. Good rallies followed in the next game and it was now Somdev, who was down by three breakpoints. In all, Somdev saved four chances in the sixth game to keep the lead with him.

Yet again the double fault came at a wrong time for Karunuday, who had just hit a forehand long to be 30-40. Somdev raced away with the first set in just 35 minutes with an easy hold in the next.
     
The two players were happy playing from the baseline and it only helped Somdev, who sent many a balls short but Karunuday did not latch on to them. Rather he kept the ball in play and there it was difficult to outrally Somdev.
     
Both of them struggled to hold serve in the second set, in which Karunuday lost his serve four times and Somdev thrice.
     
Despite dropping his serve in the very first game, Karunuday managed to take a 3-1 lead but allowed his opponent to come back and soon it was 5-5. Somdev hit a forehand winner on a breakpoint in the 11th game to be in position to serve out the match and was helped by Karunuday's unforced errors.

(Agencies)

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