Somdev Devvarman of India became the first Commonwealth Games men’s singles champion on Sunday cruising to a 6-4, 6-2 win over Greg Jones of Australia.
The top seed’s win had local fans on their feet, 24 hours after the despair of seeing Indian glamour girl Sania Mirza lose the women’s singles final in a deciding tie-break to Anastasia Rodionova of Australia.
“A gold medal is tough to come by. I’m happy I got mine. I’ve worked really hard. Right now, I’m really happy,” Devvarman said
“I’m not going to lie, I got a little nervous. It’s one of the best feelings for sure. It’s a great honour to play for my country.”
Devvarman, who has broken into the ATP top 100 this year after a successful US college career, had yet to drop a set all week, but he found fifth seed Jones a handful to start with.
But after pocketing the first set with a single break, he took total command of the second, running off five games games in a row with two breaks of serve to lead 5-0.
He briefly stumbled at match point on his following serve allowing Jones a brief respite, but two games later he completed the rout sparking off noisy celebrations in the stadium.
Jones said he had not been too bothered by a slight leg muscle strain he received at the start of the second half but that the big crowd had unnerved him at times.
“The crowd was a little intimidating. I don’t think I was comfortable out there,” he said.
Tennis was included in the Games for the first time at New Delhi.