Miami: Somdev Devvarman set up his biggest match of the season, a pre-quarterfinal clash with world number one Novak Djokovic in the ATP Miami Masters, after scripting yet another come-from-behind win.
The unseeded Indian overcame world number 80 Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France 4-6 6-4 7-5 in the second round.
Somdev saved seven of the nine break chances he faced in the match and that proved crucial in his win.
With this victory, Somdev levelled the head-to-head record 1-1 with Edouard. The last they played was in 2009 when the Frenchman had emerged winner on Rhodes, Greece.
He now plays the six-time Grand Slam winner for a place in the quarter-finals. In his previous clashes with one of the greatest players of all time such as Rafael Nadal, Somdev had put up a good challenge.
Earlier, Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men's doubles event after a hard-fought victory over Richard Gasquet and Edouard.
Bhupathi and Nestor notched up a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over their French opponents in a 79-minute opening round match.
The third-seeded Indo-Canadian pair came from behind to force a tie-break in the first-set but they were in control of the second set. Bhupathi and Nestor won 82 per cent of their service points and saved both the break points they faced.


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