Somdev fights back from the dead to reach final

Things were looking difficult for the Indian world no.106 when he and his rival traded service breaks in the first four games. Somdev then staged an excellent rally under pressure by saving two break points in the fifth game.

That was the turning point as Somdev regained poise and broke his rival for the third time, this time decisively, before taking the set 6-3 and reaching the gold medal round where he will face top seed Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

After saving two break points and facing a third, Somdev came up with an attacking forehand lob at full stretch from the corner that sailed over the Japanese waiting for the kill on the other side and landed just inside the baseline.

From that stage on, the Indian was on song as he held serve for a 3-2 lead and then broke his rival immediately to make it 4-2 with an excellent return of serve that was netted by Ito.