Chennai: Somdev Devvarman has struggled at the Chennai Open after his breakthrough year in 2009, but the Indian tennis ace is determined to improve his record at his home event though he admitted that the road ahead would not be smooth.
Somdev had reached the final in 2009, losing the title match to Marin Cilic and then failed to move beyond the second and first rounds the following years respectively.
"Well, I certainly hope to do well and go one better than 2009. I love playing in Chennai. The atmosphere is great, the crowd is supportive, it's just awesome," Somdev said.
"However, it's not easy. You want to play well, the crowd wants you to do well. It's a charged- up atmosphere. So there is a lot of pressure. You just have to try and not let it get to you. That's easier said than done though," he said.
Somdev had lost to Janko Tipsarevic in the second round in 2010 and to Belgian David Goffin in the first round last year.
"It's a very strong field. At this level it's rare to get easy wins," he said about the field, which features world number nine Tipsarevic and number 10 Nicolas Almagro.
Talking about the 2012 season, Somdev said his prime target is competing at the London Olympics.
"The focus is definitely on the Olympics, I'll just work at improving my game further, and breaking into the top-50 would be nice," he said.
The Chennai Open gets underway on January 2.