India’s only representative at the Wimbledon championships this year, Somdev Devvarman, lost in the first round on Tuesday as he lost to No. 15 Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6 in match that lasted just over three hours. Despite being ranked just No. 125, Devvarman pushed Janowicz to the limit to show the world that Indian singles tennis is on the rise.
Despite having some success in doubles tennis and women’s tennis, India has never owned much of a presence in single’s international tennis. With the way Devvarman started his match against Janowicz, the future of Indian tennis is definitely shining much brighter.
Devvarman started strong by taking the first set in under 40 minutes. He would lose the next two, but persevered in the fourth set to push the match to a final and deciding fifth set. The mistakes Janowicz was making earlier – including multiple double faults – died down in the final set as Devvarman just seemed to run out of energy.
For the time being, Devvarman’s main obstacle just might be getting past Janowicz. This was not the first time Devvarman lost in the first round and to Janowicz. The Australian Open had a similar five-set match in which Devvarman saw the same result. Devvarman’s baseline game just hasn’t been consistent enough to get past this hurdle, yet. More matches played at such a top level will improve his ability to adapt to different situations.
Despite the loss, Devvarman (14) had six more aces than Janowicz. Janowicz (61), however, had 13 more winners.
Devvarman’s No. 125 rank wont last much longer. At the rate he’s improving, he’ll be up in double digits before Wimbledon 2015.