Somdev Devvarman’s opener in the men’s singles at the Commonwealth Games came as a wake-up call for the top seeded Indian player. Though Somdev grasped the match against Bahamas’s Devin Mullings with a 6-4, 6-2 score-line, the initial phases of the match were a bit jittery for him.Not many would have expected that Mullings would be able stand up against the world No. 97 Somdev but the Bahamian had something else in his mind. Mullings took a 4-1 lead within the first 20 minutes of the match. But before things could go worse Somdev regained composure and took away the set 6-4.The next set was an easy affair for Somdev as he took a comfortable 3-1 lead in the first four games and completed the set with a score of 6-2. Somdev’s opponent seemed to be troubled by the hot weather in the last phases of the match as he was seen gasping along with his ground speed becoming slower.After the match Somdev was in full praise of his opponent whom he had played in his college days. “Mullings is a really good player. He hits the ball really hard and also has a quick serve,” Somdev said. “And I think he is a bit deceptive too. He’s better than he looks. You have to really work hard if things are going his way in the match. He’s bound to trouble you.”Talking about his shaky start in the first set Somdev said he was a bit nervous playing his first Commonwealth Games match. “I was little nervous playing my Commonwealth Games match. I was trailing but I am happy that I came back strongly,” said Somdev. He also felt that the court at the RK Khanna Stadium had its part in his performance. “The court is a bit bouncy. I was having a hard time out there to adjust. I think it will take me a little while to adjust to these conditions,” said the 25-year old.advertisementSomdev added that it was his fitness level that stood him in good stead in performing well. “I am regularly working on my fitness with my personal physical trainer. Being at the top of your fitness is really important these days and it helps me winning matches. And I find it really funny when guys at the other end are struggling with the fitness,” said Somdev.Somdev next faces Sri Lanka’s Amresh Jayawickreme, who got past Bermuda’s David Thomas 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round.
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