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Somdev makes main draw of ATP Framers Classic

By The Assam Tribune

LOS ANGELES (USA), July 27 (PTI): Somdev Devvarman scored a straight set win over Ecuador�s Giovanni Lapentti to qualify for the singles event of the USD 619,500 Farmers Classic here.

The third seed Indian beat his unseeded rival 6-2 6-4 in the third and final round match of the qualifiers.

His first round opponent in the main draw is a local qualifier Steve Johnson.

If he manages to reach the second round, he will be facing sixth seed and world number 45 Serbian Janko Tipsaveric. Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna is competing in the doubles draw along with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

The fourth seed pair will open its campaign against British combination of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski.

Zanetti wins exemplary player award

Rome, July 27 (AFP): Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has been awarded the Premio Scirea by Italian journalists.

The award, announced yesterday, has been running yearly since 1992 and is given to players over 30 who have had an �exemplary career�.

For the first time this season it was also open to foreign players who have been plying their trade in Serie A for at least 10 years and Argentine Zanetti thus became the first foreign winner.

The honour is named after Gaetano Scirea, the legendary former Juventus sweeper, who spent 14 years at the Italian giants after beginning his career at Atalanta. The former Juventus and Italy captain died in a car accident in Poland in 1989 when he was the assistant coach at Juve under Dino Zoff.

Zanetti polled 231 of the 371 votes to join the likes of Franco Baresi, Roberto Baggio, Paolo Maldini, Gianfranco Zola and Alessandro Del Piero as winners of the award.

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Somdev makes main draw of ATP Framers Classic

LOS ANGELES (USA), July 27 (PTI): Somdev Devvarman scored a straight set win over Ecuador�s Giovanni Lapentti to qualify for the singles event of the USD 619,500 Farmers Classic here.

The third seed Indian beat his unseeded rival 6-2 6-4 in the third and final round match of the qualifiers.

His first round opponent in the main draw is a local qualifier Steve Johnson.

If he manages to reach the second round, he will be facing sixth seed and world number 45 Serbian Janko Tipsaveric. Indian Davis Cupper Rohan Bopanna is competing in the doubles draw along with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.

The fourth seed pair will open its campaign against British combination of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski.

Zanetti wins exemplary player award

Rome, July 27 (AFP): Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has been awarded the Premio Scirea by Italian journalists.

The award, announced yesterday, has been running yearly since 1992 and is given to players over 30 who have had an �exemplary career�.

For the first time this season it was also open to foreign players who have been plying their trade in Serie A for at least 10 years and Argentine Zanetti thus became the first foreign winner.

The honour is named after Gaetano Scirea, the legendary former Juventus sweeper, who spent 14 years at the Italian giants after beginning his career at Atalanta. The former Juventus and Italy captain died in a car accident in Poland in 1989 when he was the assistant coach at Juve under Dino Zoff.

Zanetti polled 231 of the 371 votes to join the likes of Franco Baresi, Roberto Baggio, Paolo Maldini, Gianfranco Zola and Alessandro Del Piero as winners of the award.