CHENNAI, India Former Cavalier tennis player Somdev Devvarman defeated former world No. 1 Carlos Moya 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Chennai Open. Moya, currently ranked No. 42 in the world, is the highest ranked player Devvarman has defeated in his career.
With the victory, Devvarman advances to the quarterfinals of his hometown event. He will play No. 4 seed Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, ranked No. 26 in the world, on Friday. It is the second time in Devvarman’s career he has reached the quarterfinals on the ATP Tour (2008 Legg Mason Classic in Washington, D.C.) as he is the first Indian to reach the quarterfinals in Chennai in over a decade. He received a wild card into the event this year.
Against Moya, who won the Chennai Open in both 2004 and 2005, Devvarman rallied from losing the first set to win a three-set thriller that lasted two hours and 14 minutes. In the first round of the tournament on Tuesday, he defeated No. 114 Kevin Kim 6-3, 6-3.
Devvarman is currently ranked No. 202 in the world and with his performance in Chennai, will move into the top 200 for the first time in his career. Next week he will head to Melbourne, Australia for the 2009 Australian Open Qualifying Draw.
'Hoos Exit With Heads Held HighWomen's Basketball3/19/18In its first trip to the NCAA tourney since 2010, 10th-seeded Virginia went 1-1 in Columbia, S.C., defeating seventh-seeded Cal and losing to second-seeded South Carolina.'Hoos Look To Take Next Step in NCAA TourneyWomen's Basketball3/18/18A win Sunday night over second-seeded South Carolina would send 10th-seeded Virginia to the NCAA tournament's Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2000.End Comes Too Soon for No. 1 CavaliersMen's Basketball3/17/18In the NCAA tournament's first round, No. 1 seed Virginia lost 74-54 to No. 16 seed UMBC in a South Region game in Charlotte, N.C.
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