Devvarman beats Germany's Phau in straight sets to keep Indian hopes alive at Oz Open

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 12:00 hrs

Indian tennis star Somdev Devvarman has won his opening round match 6-3 6-2 6-3 against Germany's 78th-ranked Bjorn Phau in the Australian Open.

The 27-year-old from Assam served four aces and made just one unforced error in a Court 10 match against Phau that lasted an hour and 50 minutes.

The right-handed Devvarman missed most of the tennis season in 2012 due to a shoulder injury that has seen him slip to 551 in the world. He had reached a career-high singles ranking of 62 in July 2011 after turning pro in 2008.

Devvarman would be hoping to do one better than reaching the second round in a Grand Slam, having made the same stage at the U.S. Open in 2009 and Wimbledon in 2011. Next up for Devvarman is 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.

Yuki Bhambri, the only other Indian in the singles competition at the Australian Open, lost in the first round of the qualifying event over the weekend. (ANI)

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