Guangzhou: Somdev Devvarman created history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in the men’s singles tennis event of the Asian Games after outplaying top seed and World No. 44 Denis Istomin 6-1 6-2 in the lop-sided summit clash.
With this win, Somdev won his second gold from the tennis competition, and seventh for India, having already captured yellow metal in the men’s doubles with Sanam Singh.
No Indian player had played in the gold-medal match in the men’s singles before Somdev, World No. 106, and the country had three bronze medals to show so far at the Games.
Leander Paes (Hiroshima in 1994), Mahesh Bhupathi (Bangkok in 1998) and Prahlad Srinath (Bangkok in 1998) had won those three bronze medals in men’s singles.