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Aug 28, 2013

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. – Virginia tennis alumnus Somdev Devvarman (Class of 2008) posted his first US Open main draw win in four years with a five-set victory Wednesday in the 2013 first round at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Devvarman downed Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 to advance to the second round.

Devvarmsn will meet No. 20 seed Andreas Seppi of Italy in the second round. He will be looking to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career with a victory. This year’s US Open marks the fifth time Devvarman has reached the second round of a Grand Slam, having previously reached that mark at the 2009 US Open, 2011 Wimbledon, and at the Australian Open and Roland Garros earlier this year.

By advancing out of qualifying and reaching the second round of the main draw, Devvarman will re-enter the top 100 of the next ATP World Rankings. It will be the first time he has reached the top 100 since shoulder surgery cost him most of the 2012 season. Devvarman was last in the top 100 on February 6, 2012, a span of 83 weeks.

The two doubles teams of Cavaliers will have their first round matches on Thursday. No. 16 seed Treat Huey (Class of 2008) and Dominic Inglot (Class of 2009) play Jurgen Melzer and Julian Knowle of Austria. Jarmere Jenkins (Class of 2013) and current sophomore Mac Styslinger (Birmingham, Ala.) face No. 14 seed Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut.

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