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Somdev ousted, Bopanna advances in Nottingham Challenger

June 04, 2009 16:07 IST

Somdev Devvarman's lean patch continued as he suffered yet another early defeat and crashed out of the euro 42,500 ATP Challenger event in

Nottingham, England, even as Rohan Bopanna advanced to the second round.

The sixth-seed Somdev fought an intense battle against Australian qualifier Samuel Groth but eventually lost 6-7(4), 7-6(10), 4-6 in the first round of the grass court event.

Bopanna, who entered theĀ  main draw via the qualifying event, came from behind to beat Russian Alexandre Kudryavtsev 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

He will next face Ukraine's Sergei Bubka, who shocked eighth-seed American Jesse Levine 6-4, 6-3 in his opening round.

Meanwhile, Prakash Amritraj and his American partner Rajeev Ram bowed out of the doubles event, losing the closely-fought first-round match 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-10 to the local pair of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski.

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