Davis Cup World Group Playoff India 1, Czech Republic 1: Somdev Wins, Bhambri Loses

| September 18 , 2015 , 09:58 IST
Watch Live Davis Cup: Yuki Bhambri vs Lukas Rosol India's number two player Somdev Devvarman (ranked 164 in world) beat Czech Republic's number one Jiri Vesley, who is ranked 40 in the world in the second singles match 7-6 6-4 6-3 of the World Group play-off tie between India and Czech republic. India and Czech Republic are level at 1-1 after the singles matches were played on Friday. Earlier in the day, Yuki Bhambri, India's top singles player, lost 2-6, 1-6, 5-7 to World Number 85 Lukas Rosol in the opening singles rubber. On Saturday the Indian team of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna will fight it out with Radek Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek. The reverse singles will be played on Sunday. Somdev came out and maintained his impeccable record at DLTA with a 7-6 (3) 6-4 6-3 win over world number 40 Jiri Vesley, yet again showing that ranking was just a mere number in Davis Cup matches. Somdev has not lost a single match here since 2010 and Vesley has never won a live rubber in his Davis Cup career and the status quo remained. Somdev has suffered defeats against players, ranked outside 400 (Emilio Gomez, 402) on the Challenger circuit in a very ordinary 2015 season so far but the hard-working Indian has managed to win when it mattered most to the nation. In a complete contrast to the first match in which the first set was over in just 24 minutes, Somdev and Vesley fought a battle of attrition. 27 minutes into the match the score was 2-1 on serve as a baseline slugfest was on. There were seven break chances in those three games - four for Somdev, but no player could convert. The Indian raised the level of his game by several notches as he sprayed winners - a staggering 32 - all over the court and hit 11 aces in the first set. The serve was not fierce but Somdev found the perfect angles to keep the ball out of Vesley's reach. Earlier, world number 85 Rosol stamped his class as he thrashed 125th ranked Yuki 6-2 6-1 7-5 in one hour and 55 minutes at R K Khanna Tennis stadium. Rosol served extremely well and hit flat and furious groundstrokes, imposing himself on Yuki. The Czech player played smartly and served in the range of 200km per hour and sometimes more than that, firing as many as 11 aces in the match. Yuki put up some resistance in the third set but could not utilise the chances, squandering as many as five break points in the 10th game. The Czech, who beat Rafael Nadal in 2012 Wimbledon second round, fired five service winners in that game alone after ebbing down 0-40, showing his cool temperament under pressure. Rosol hit 50 winners to 21 of Yuki and made for his six double faults with his huge game. The only time Yuki could trouble the Czech was when he engaged his opponent in long rallies but those were very few as Rosol blunted Yuki's challenge with ease. Complete Schedule: Day 1 (Friday): Yuki Bhambri vs Lukas Rosol; Somdev Devvarman vs Jiri Vesley Day 2 (Saturday): Rohan Bopanna-Leander Paes vs Adam Pavlasek-Radek Stepanek Day 3 (Sunday) : Yuki Bhambri vs Jiri Vesley; Somdev Devvarman vs Lukas Rosol Where to Watch live The India Vs Czech Republic Davis Cup action is scheduled for 10am IST (6:30 Czech Republic time) with live TV coverage in India on DD Sports, while Czech Republic viewers can watch the entire action live on Czech Tv. Keep In Mind: The top seeds in the 2015 World Group play-offs, Czech Republic, travel to India, who edged out New Zealand in their Asia/Oceania Zone Group I clash in Christchurch to reach this stage.
Three-time champions the Czechs have never lost to India in three meetings, although their last tie was back in 1997.
In last year's play-offs, India were extremely close to achieving promotion but were edged out in a deciding fifth rubber by Serbia. They were last in the World Group in 2011.
Davis Cup powerhouse Czech Republic, who won recently in 2012 and 2013, are fighting to keep intact their record of not dropping outside the competition's elite since 2006

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