Somdev to face Yuki in semifinals

Top seed Somdev Devvarman won his match against Jordi Samper Montana of Spain via a walkover to set up a semifinal clash with his Indian compatriot Yuki Bhambri in the $50,000 ATP Challenger Tennis tournament here on Thursday.

The other semifinal will be between unseeded Alexander Kudryavtsev of Russia and his second seeded compatriot Evgeny Donskoy.

Montana, who was suffering from stomach cramps and vomiting, offered a walkover to Somdev while seventh seed Yuki Bhambri put up a superb performance to come from behind and get the better of unseeded Louis Pouille of France 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

The Frenchman started stroking fluently on both flanks to outplay Yuki in the first set. Yuki, however, found his bearings in the second set and served brilliantly to take away the advantage from Pouille to win the next two with ease.

Results: Singles (Indians unless specified): Somdev Devvarman bt Jordi Samper-Montana (Esp) via a walkover; Yuki Bhambri bt Lucas Pouille (Fra) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Alexander Kudryavtsev (Rus) bt Saketh Myneni 6-0, 6-2; Evgeny Donskoy (Rus) bt Sanam Singh 7-5, 6-4.

Doubles: N Sriram Balaji/ Blaz Rola (Slo) bt Steven Diez (Can)/ Daniel Munoz-De La Nava (Esp) 6-3, 6-2; Ti Chen (Tpe)/ Marek Semjan (Svk) bt Gerard Granollers (Esp)/ Adrian Menendez-Maceiras (Esp) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-6; Ruben Gonzales (Phi)/ Artem Sitak (Nzl) bt Hsien-Yin Peng (Tpe)/ Tsung-Hua Yang (Tpe) 6-4, 7-5; Yuki Bhambri/ Michael Venus (Nzl) bt Thomas Fabbiano (Ita)/ Agustin Velotti (Arg) 6-2, 6-3.

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