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Somdev Devvarman vs. Matthew Ebden: Portugal Open Round 1 Preview

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Somdev Devvarman vs. Matthew Ebden: Portugal Open Round 1 Preview
Top-ranked Indian Somdev Devvarman will lock horns with the Australian Matthew Ebden in the first round of the Portugal Open in Oeiras on Tuesday. Will he succeed in trouncing his adversary on the day?

Former Chennai Open finalist Somdev Devvarman hasn’t done anything spectacular in 2014 – Other than that big win over former US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in the opening round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in February. But, that was a fortunate win as the Argentine was suffering from a left wrist injury and was forced to withdraw from the match after the first set.

Since that massive victory, Somdev had failed to register even a single win in any of the tournaments he participated and in fact in total has won only two matches – Both those triumphs came against the Koreans in their Davis Cup tie played in Korea at the start of this month.

On the other hand Matthew Ebden is a player who is ranked No.64th in the official ATP rankings. Like Somdev, he too hasn’t been able to make it through to the latter stages of the competitions. Actually, he has compiled a poor 3-10 win/loss record for the season so far, something that would boost Somdev’s confidence as he will know that his opponent has also struggled to find his touch on court.

Ebden has a 1-0 advantage over Somdev in their head-to-head record as he had outplayed the Assam native on the grass of the Queen’s club three years ago. In spite of that win, Matthew will not head into the match as the huge favorite as Devvarman has a solid defensive game and particularly on clay with his ability to put a lot balls back in play, he can frustrate a lot of players.

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