LONDON, June 24 (IANS): India�s Somdev Devvarman bowed out of the Wimbledon men�s singles second round with a 2-6, 4-6, 4-6 defeat to 18th seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia.
It was 68th ranked Somdev�s second straight defeat to Youzhny, who had got the better of him in the Davis Cup World Group tie at Moscow last year.
The 26-year-old Indian has never moved beyond the second round of a Grand Slam in five previous attempts. Somdev, however, is in contention in the men�s doubles where he is partnering Japan�s Kei Nishikori. They face Germany�s Rainer Schuettler and Alexander Waske in the first round.
Somdev, who was making his singles debut here, admitted to having a �tough� outing on Thursday.
�Definitely, a tough day at the office for me.. losing in slams is never easy emotionally... now doubles next tomorrow with Kei,� Somdev tweeted.
The US-based Indian had an easy first round when his German opponent Denis Gremelmayr retired midway through the second set.
With his loss, India�s challenge in the singles is over with its top women player Sania Mirza already out in the first round.