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Somdev qualifies for Dubai C'Ship

February 21, 2010 19:58 IST

With Somdev Devvarman qualifying for the singles event, all the members of the Indian Davis Cup team are now set to compete in the $1,619,500 Dubai Tennis Championships, beginning in Dubai on Monday.

Seeded seventh, Somdev overcame a fist set lapse to tame Belgian Dick Norman 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-1 in the second and final round of the qualifying event to claim one of the four main draw slots on offer.

Paes and his Czech partner Lukas Dlouhy are seeded second in the doubles and will open their campaign against Polish pair of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Bhupathi and his Belarusian partner Max Mairnyi are seeded third and are up against wild card pair of Abdullah Madas of Kuwait and Mahmoud-Nader Al Baloushi of the UAE in their opening round.

Another Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi have been handed a wild card entry. They will play against the formidable combination of Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Arnaud Clement of France.

Yuki progresses in US ATP qualifiers

Fast rising Indian teen Yuki Bhambri advanced to the second round of the singles qualifying event of Delray Beach International Tennis Championships after notching up a straight set win over higher ranked Marcel Felder of Uruguay.

Bhambri, ranked 324 in the ATP chart, overcame Felder, who is 82 places above him, 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round of the qualifying event.

The lanky Delhiite will next take on South African Davis Cupper Izak van der Merwe.

Merwe is coming into the match after ousting sixth seed American Donald Young 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Bhambri though will take confidence from the fact that he had beaten Merwe in his Davis Cup debut last year during the India-South Africa World Group play-off tie.

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