Both players defeated their opponents in straight sets.
Yuki Bhambri defeated Denmark’s Mikael Torpegaard in the second singles match 6-4, 6-4 to give India a 2-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff 1 tie. The Indian tennis star played some wonderful ground strokes early on to push his opponent on the back foot. Torpegaard took some time to acclimatize to the pace and bounce of the court and Yuki took full advantage of that.
Bhambri broke the service of the Dane and took a 4-3 lead. when the score was tied at 3-3. However, the 27-year-old Torpegaard broke Bhambri and levelled the score with his heavy backhand and ground strokes. In spite of that, Yuki did not lose hope and picked his game up against the Dane. The Delhi lad broke his next service and took a 5-4 lead. In the next game, he did not give any points to Torpegaard and took the first set with a perfect slice at the net.
Bhambri kept his momentum going in the next set as well, making it difficult for his Danish foe to come back into the match. Eventually, Torpegaard succumbed under the pressure and made two double faults. He did manage to save two match points as well, but it was pretty much denying the inevitable. The match finally ended and it was Bhambri who came out on top in the Davis Cup
Ramanathan clinches easy win
Ramkumar Ramanathan gave India a perfect start in the Davis Cup tie after defeating lowly-ranked Christian Sigsgaard in the first singles match 6-3, 6-2. The World No. 170 was at his best from the first game, breaking the services of his 24-year-old opponent regularly and grabbing points with ease.
The 2- year-old gave his opponent World No. 824 literally no chance. He took the lead in the very first game. From there on, it was no turning back, as he quickly went on to hold a 5-2 lead. He sealed off the first set with a beautiful backhand shot.
Christian started off better in the second set, but Ramkumar was equally up to the task. He took a 2-1 lead and then broke Christian’s serve two times in a row.
Ramkumar finally wrapped up the game with a fitting ace to start the Davis Cup tie in dominating fashion.