The first day of Davis Cup Asian/Oceanic Group l Tie, saw India take a lead of 2-0 against Uzbekistan with the help of Ramkumar Ramnathan & Prajnesh Gunneswaran.
In the first match, 267th ranked Ramanathan overcame Temur Isamilov 6-2 5-7 6-2 7-5 in 4 setter thrilling match , while debutant Gunneswaran, ranked 187, outwitted Sanjar Fayzieb 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 .
Ismailov is ranked 406, while Fayzieb was played in place of Denis Istomin, who had pulled out of the second round tie due to a foot injury. Both the players gave a good fight to Indians, but India managed to pull the things off .
Later, Ramkumar said some encouraging words for Leander Paes & Rohan Boppana, ” Before the match I spoke to Leander and he told me to play for the country and Davis Cup is a great adventure, so give your best,” Ramkumar said.Bopanna too, “likewise”, offered him an advice.
Tomorrow will be the doubles match & India would like to seal the tie against Uzbekistan by taking a lead of 3-0.
The winner of the tie will qualify for the World Group play-offs, to be played in September.
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