Sumit Nagal introduced India again within the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie towards Denmark with a come-from-behind victory within the second singles after Yuki Bhambri was outplayed within the opening match. It was all the time a tall job for Bhambri to counter world quantity 9 Holger Rune and there was no shock as Denmark’s high singles participant raced to a 6-2 6-2 win to place the hosts up 1-0 on Friday. Up towards a formidable rival, Yuki wanted a particular effort however he went down in mere 58 minutes. Nagal, India’s primary participant, although erased a one-set deficit to pip August Holmgren 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes to make it 1-1 on the finish of day one.
The 25-year-old Nagal, ranked 506, dropped serve within the very first recreation of the match however as soon as he received maintain of his nerves, he was his traditional combating self.
He received the break again however squandered the possibilities when Holmgren supplied them. The Danish participant, ranked 484, ultimately sealed the set.
Within the second set, it was Nagal who drew the primary blood and went up 5-2. He served out the set within the ninth recreation to drive a decider.
Nagal had an opportunity to get the primary break when he made a deep return and Holmgren’s forehand return sailed over the baseline at 30-all however the house participant served nicely to avoid wasting the prospect.
Nagal received one other likelihood when Holmgren netted a forehand at deuce level within the third recreation however he himself made a forehand error on the breakpoint.
Whereas Nagal most popular to hit from the baseline, Holmgren usually charged the web usually to create possibilities for volley winners.
Holmgren handed Nagal one other break likelihood when he tried to select a low volley however couldn’t hold the ball within the court docket and adopted that up with a double fault, permitting the Indian to take a mini 3-2 lead.
That lead stayed with Nagal and he got here out serving for the match within the tenth recreation. Holmgren’s forehand error gave the Indian three match factors and transformed the primary one on house workforce participant’s unforced error. Within the opening singles, 19-year-old Rune broke Bhambri twice in every set. Rune transformed 4 of the seven break possibilities whereas the Indian didn’t get a single likelihood to interrupt his opponent.
Rune performed proportion tennis whereas Yuki struggled together with his first serve, double faulting 4 instances within the lop-sided contest being performed at indoor onerous courts. Yuki has give up singles on the ATP Tour.
On Saturday, doubles and reverse singles shall be performed. If India lose this tie, they are going to be relegated to World Group II.
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