Ramkumar Ramanathan gave a strong begin, and Yuki Bhambri constructed on it with a high quality struggle in opposition to Denmark No.1 Mikael Torpegaard, because the host jumped into the motive force’s seat with a 2-0 lead within the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie on the grass courts of the Delhi Gymkhana Club on Friday.
With a close to capability crowd offering a vibrant environment, and the floor taking part in as anticipated, it got here right down to execution of the plan, which was performed in a commendable style by Ramkumar and Yuki, amidst all the excitement and contrasting efficiency of the opponents.
Ramkumar was so strong, particularly with his serve, that he didn’t face a single breakpoint within the hour-long match, or give any probability for Sigsgaard.
“I had good feel on the serve”, mentioned Ramkumar, asserting that years of expertise had helped him keep targeted and play to potential when required.
Yuki was comfortable to subdue a gifted opponent who was blowing cold and warm. After an preliminary alternate of breaks of serve, Yuki broke decisively within the ninth sport and served out the primary set, saving two break factors. Into the second set, Yuki went up 4-0 when Torpegaard gave a glimpse of his huge sport, nevertheless it was too late to catch up.
“I was confident, and when he went for broke, I was able to raise my game”, mentioned Yuki, comfortable to have performed nicely on grass, adapting to the calls for of the scenario, and grateful to Ramkumar for getting the 1-0 cushion.
While the Indian camp was toying with the concept of “going for the kill”, with the just lately profitable pair of Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar taking part in the primary doubles on Saturday, the Danish captain Frederik Nielsen confused that his group was “pretty far from being out”.
Captain Rohit Rajpal was delighted with the efficiency of the 2 boys, particularly with the best way Yuki closed out the match in opposition to the tough Torpegaard.
Call on doubles pair
“The first set was tight for Yuki, but that is when his class came into play. The 2-0 lead takes a lot of pressure off the team”, mentioned Rohit, emphasising that the group would take a remaining name on the doubles mixture, regardless that he had instinctively responded on worldwide tv that Bopanna would pair with Divij Sharan as per the unique nomination.
Denmark would look as much as its captain Nielsen, 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion, to infuse some life into the competition.
The outcomes: India leads Denmark 2-0 (Ramkumar Ramanathan bt Christian Sigsgaard 6-3, 6-2; Yuki Bhambri bt Mikael Torpegaard 6-4, 6-4).