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Miami Masters: Somdev sets up Djokovic clash in 3rd round

Last updated on: March 23, 2013 20:31 IST

Somdev Devvarman set up his biggest match of the season, a pre-quarterfinal clash with World No 1 Novak Djokovic in the ATP Miami Masters, after scripting yet another come-from-behind win, in Miami.

The unseeded Indian overcame World No 80 Edouard Roger-Vasselin from France 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round.

Somdev DevvarmanSomdev saved seven of the nine break chances he faced in the match and that proved crucial in his win.

With this victory, Somdev levelled the head-to-head record 1-1 with Edouard. The last they played was in 2009 when the Frenchman had emerged winner on Rhodes, Greece.

He now plays the six-time Grand Slam winner for a place in the quarter-finals. In his previous clashes with one of the greatest players of all time such as Rafael Nadal, Somdev had put up a good challenge.

Earlier, Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round of the men's doubles event after a hard-fought victory over Richard Gasquet and Edouard.

Bhupathi and Nestor notched up a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over their French opponents in a 79-minute opening round match.

The third-seeded Indo-Canadian pair came from behind to force a tie-break in the first-set but they were in control of the second set. Bhupathi and Nestor won 82 per cent of their service points and saved both the break points they faced.

They next play Spaniard Nicolas Almagro and his Austrian partner Oliver Marach, who beat Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal and his Mexican partner Santiago Gonzalez 6-3, 6-4, in their first round match.

Another Indian, Leander Paes and his French partner Michael Llodra, seeded seventh, have also advanced to the second round after defeating Germany's Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-5.

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