Davis Cup: India lose both singles contests, trail Spain 0-2

India lose both their singles contest on the opening day to concede a 0-2 lead to Spain in Davis Cup.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 16, 2016 9:45 pm
David Ferrer beat Saketh Myneni in straight sets to give Spain 2-0 lead. (Source: AP)

A gritty Ramkumar Ramanathan showed stomach for fight despite his limitations against a much-superior rival even as Feliciano Lopez, playing in place of Rafael Nadal, handed Spain a 1-0 lead by winning the opening singles tie of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie against India.

The young Indian was graceful in a 4-6 4-6 6-3 1-6 defeat against world number 26 Lopez in the match that lasted two hours and 26 minutes.

Ramkumar, egged on by the capacity crowd, gave his all but it was not enough to worry his mighty opponent, who is a reigning French Open doubles champion along with compatriot Marc Lopez.

The 4000-strong crowd backed 203-ranked Ramkumar with the tunes of a band team and he certainly gave them a few moments to cheer and celebrate.

However, the pulling out of Nadal from the match due to an upset stomach must have left the fans disappointed. The whole build up to the tie was focused on Nadal as tennis fans had hoped to see the 14-time Grand Slam champion in action. Saketh Myneni, ranked 137, clashed with David Ferrer but lost the contest in straight sets. (-PTI)

Sahil Malhotra September 16, 20169:39 pm

David Ferrer beats Saketh in straight sets to give Spain a healthy 2-0 lead over India in the Davis Cup contest

Sahil Malhotra September 16, 20169:36 pm

Saketh under pressure on serve as he drops first two points. Ferrer is a game away from sealing the rubber

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Saketh finally gets on the board in the third set with a comfortable hold of serve. He trails Ferrer 1-4 in the third set

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Ferrer has already won the first two sets and is in a comfortable 3-0 lead in the third set

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Saketh misses his backhand down the line attempt and Ferrer breaks to go up 3-0 in the second

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Three break points for Ferrer. One saved as the Spaniard hits the backhand into the net. Another saved as Myneni goes behind the Spaniard

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Ferrer holds his serve with an ace down the tee. Challenge confirms it an ace. He leads 2-0 in the second set

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Saketh starts the second set by having his serve broken. Mishit on the backhand and Ferrer leads 1-0

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Ferrer has absolutely demolished Saketh in the first set. The Spaniard takes it 6-1

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From the press conference:

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Ramkumar wins the set but loses the next 1-6 to lose his singles rubber. India trail Spain 0-1

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20167:05 pm

MASSIVE CHEER as Ramkumar returns a smash and then sends a brilliant forehand winner past Lopez. BREAK! He will serve for the third set at 5-3

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Luck of the net smiles on Ramkumar. Hits the top of the net and topples over. Another break point

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First one goes long from Ramkumar’s backhand to make it 30-40. Second one is a big serve that is put away for a smash. Deuce

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Ramkumar with a massive point to return a smash and then force Feliciano into an error. His first chance to break in the match. 15-40

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Ramkumar with a tame reply on the serve, shanks it into the net. 15-30

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Double fault and a bit of pressure on Lopez’s serve now. Key point for Ramkumar this. 0-30

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In a game of lobs, Ramkumar gets it right while Lopez sends it wide. 0-15

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Ramkumar with a forehand winner to hold and keep third set on serve. Leads 4-3 in the third

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Medical timeout for Ramkumar. Either his knee or his hamstring. Not really humid right now

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Ramkumar has the trainer out. Has his right knee checked out

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Ramkumar tries a surprise chip and charge on the serve but can’t control it and sends it long. 2-2 now in the third set

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Ramkumar back peddles slightly to put away a smash and he holds serve. Up 2-1

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Ramkumar with a smash and then runs on to a drop to send it for a forehand winner. Punches the air in celebration and there’s a huge cheer for the Indian

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Lopez sends an arrow of a return to Ramkumar at the net who can’t send it back. Hold and it is 1-1

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20166:36 pm

Did the band just play Bad Romance by Lady Gaga before being stopped short by the players?

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20166:35 pm

Ramkumar holds serve to open the third set after dropping a point at the net. 1-0

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20166:34 pm

This has been a solid display by Lopez. Not stretching himself because he knows he has doubles to play tomorrow. Helped by the mistakes, and the inexperience of Ramkumar.

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20166:27 pm

Lopez serves the second set out with an to take it 6-4 in 34 minutes

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20166:27 pm

Three set points for Lopez and one goes away as Lopez’s forehand is long. 40-15

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20166:26 pm

Make that three big serves

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20166:26 pm

Two big serves and it is 30-0 to Lopez as he serves for the second set

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Ramkumar holds to love with an ace. Lopez leads 5-4 and will serve for the second set

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Lopez with lovely hands at the net to catch Ramkumar moving in the opposite direction. Holds serve to make it 5-3 in the second set

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Lopez sends his backhand slice into the net. Big ‘Cmon’ by Ramkumar. Follows it up with a big serve out wide to hold. 4-3

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Saved by a big serve and Lopez sends it long. Deuce

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Ramkumar sends volley long and it is break point Lopez

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Lopez sends the forehand long and that’s break point saved. Deuce

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Lopez with a gorgeous backhand smash while going back to bring up a break point

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Ramkumar sends the return wide and Lopez holds serve to make it 4-2

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Big cheer as Ramkumar holds serve. 3-2 now with Lopez up a break

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Well disguised drop shot by Lopez to catch Ramkumar out. Spain lead 3-1

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But a seasoned and experienced Lopez brings him back to earth with a nicely placed angle volley. 15-15

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Ramkumar with a line kissing forehand winner past Lopez and the crowd goes wild. 0-15

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Ace down the tee by Ramkumar and he holds serve to make it 2-1 in the second set. Still down a break

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Comfortable hold for Lopez and he leads 2-0

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WOW! Ramkumar gets overly excited on an easy smash and sends it wide. Was in his pocket! Lopez breaks to open the second set

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Ramkumar sends his volley long and Lopez has two break points in the first game of the second set

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Ramkumar sends serve return long and Lopez wins first set 6-4

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20165:52 pm

Ramkumar’s forehand hits the top of the tape and Lopez has three set points

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Ramkumar’s return on the serve is long and Lopez leads 30-0

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Ramkumar’s return of the smash goes long. 15-0

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Feliciano to serve for the first set at 5-4

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Saved as Lopez’s volley at the net is into the net. Deuce

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Back-to-back doubles faults by Ramkumar gives Lopez another chance to break

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Ramkumar on the run on the forehand side and it is into the net. Lopez holds serve to consolidate break. Leads 4-2

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Feliciano sends a forehand winner down the line and he breaks Ramkumar for the first break of the match. Leads 3-2

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Ramkumar hits the top of the net and Feliciano has another break chance

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Feliciano tries to move into the net but puts too much into the forehand approach. Deuce

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Marginally out. Centimetres. One break point saved

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Ramkumar’s lob attempt goes long and Feliciano has two break points

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Follows it up with a big deep serve and then an ace down the tee to hold. 2-2

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20165:26 pm

Double fault by Feliciano and it is deuce.

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Ramkumar hits the top of the tape after a nice dipping low return of serve as Feliciano approached the net. Advantage to the Spaniard and a big serve on the Ramkumar backhand isn’t returned. 1-1

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Lopez sends his volley wide and Ramkumar draws it to deuce

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Feliciano Lopez with good approach and volley skills. 30-30

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20165:14 pm

Ramkumar serves it out after conceding one point. Up 1-0

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Crowd cheering for Rafa and the Spaniard can’t help but afford a sheepish smile. Loud ovation of “We want Rafa”

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20165:04 pm

Feliciano Lopez has won the toss and Ramkumar Ramanathan will serve first

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20164:55 pm

Rafael Nadal is down with bad stomach and will be replaced by Feliciano Lopez.

Tanuj Lakhina September 16, 20164:55 pm

The national anthems underway with both teams on court. Spanish anthem first. And now the Indian anthem