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Devvarman Clinches Gold Medal For India At Commonwealth Games

Delhi, India

Jones, Devvarman, Ebden© Getty ImagesGreg Jones, Somdev Devvarman and Matthew Ebden with their Commonwealth Games medals.

Somdev Devvarman won the singles gold medal for India at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi after he defeated Australia’s Greg Jones 6-4, 6-2 in 87 minutes on Sunday at the RK Khanna Stadium.

Devvarman was unable to convert three break point opportunities in the fifth game of the first set, but did so in the seventh game with a backhand winner. He confirmed the break for a 5-3 lead with his first ace of the match for a hold to 15.

The 25-year-old Devvarman raced into a 5-0 lead in the second set with three breaks of serve. Jones, who had received treatment for a jarred knee early in the set, responded by breaking serve in the sixth game, but it proved to be too little too late.

"People underestimate how tough it is to get a gold medal. I worked really hard this week. I am really happy," said Devvarman. "[It is] one of the best things in my career for sure, to win a gold medal in front of this kind of crowd.

"When you are serving a match out for your country it is not the easiest thing to do. I am not going to lie. I got a little bit nervous but I think I did well to hold back and hold serve at 5-2.

"The first set was really close but the second I felt... the momentum was with me. I started to hit the ball a lot better. I started to play a lot better."

World No. 234 Jones, said, "Somdev is a good player. He serves well. The accumulated pressure didn't let me play well. I don't think I was really that comfortable out there."

Matthew Ebden beat his fellow Australian Peter Luczak 6-3, 6-3 in the bronze medal match. Luczak won the doubles gold medal with Paul Hanley on Saturday.

Tennis was included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Delhi.

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