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Somdev fails to qualify for singles draw

Toronto: Somdev Devvarman failed to make the singles main draw of the Toronto ATP Masters after going down fighting against third seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the second round of the qualifying event.

The 14th seed Indian began well but lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(10) to the World No. 54 Uzbek in the second and final round.

The Indian challenge at the $2,430,000 hardcourt tournament now remains confined to doubles event, where Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna will compete with their respective partners.

Third seeds Paes and Czech Lukas Dlouhy have got a bye in the first round, so have Bhupathi and his Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi, seeded fourth.

Bopanna, who paired with American Eric Butorac in this event, will open his campaign against Frantisek Cermak of the Czech Republic and Michal Mertinak of Slovakia. — PTI

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