Devvarman wants top 100 return

Indian tennis ace Somdev Devvarman hopes to return to the top 100 in the ATP world rankings in 2015.

Speaking after he was defeated 3-6, 4-6 by Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of the ATP Chennai Open Devvarman revealed that he hopes to do better this year.

He said: "Lu played better than me. Obviously he put pressure on me at 3-3 in the second set. He is a quality player and he won today.

"The Australian Open is coming for me. I am very excited. Now I will go out and play there and win a few good matches and give it my best. After that regardless of whatever happens I will play in Challengers. 

"My goal to getting back to top 100 has never changed. For me it is question of how I can get my game up. I have better tennis than what I had showcased today. I just stand positive and give my best."

Devvarman added:  "The planning does not stop. I have to work hard. May be I did not work hard. Obviously set backs are going to happen. It is never going to be easy, especially for me it has always been hard work. It never is going to stop.

"It is the first match of the year. Obviously, both of us actually lacked a lot of rhythm. I believe it is never easy to come out and play the first match of a season. Both of us were obviously nervous. At the end of the day I did not deliver and there is no question about that and there are no excuses. I will have to work on my serve and forehands. If you lose, people are unhappy. After Chennai Open the year continues. Regardless of the outcome in a tournament, we go to practice in court and work hard."