India’s players didn’t lose a single set and comfortably won both matches on opening day.
India’s Davis Cup singles players Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal were in splendid form as they gave their side a 2-0 lead by winning their opening day matches in their clash against a depleted Pakistan side that was missing veteran players Aqeel Khan and Aisam-ul-Haq Quereshi.
Playing in an indoor stadium at Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, India’s singles players completely outclassed the opposition, as they didn’t drop a single set over the course of two matches. India need just one more win in the three matches scheduled (November 30) to qualify further in the competition and set up a clash against Croatia in March, 2020.
Saturday will see Leander Paes and Jeeva Nedunchezhiyan team up for the doubles match.
In the opening rubber, Ramkumar Ramanathan defeated Pakistan’s debutant Muhammad Shoaib (6-0, 6-0) in a match that lasted just 42 minutes. The Indian held the upper hand from the beginning, breaking his opponent’s serve at the very first time of asking. Ramanathan hit four aces in the first set as he cruised through to a six nothing victory.
The second set continued in a similar fashion, as the Indian tennis player never allowed his opponent to capitalise with his serve. Ramkumar won all the games without breaking much of a sweat, and only the deciding game went into a deuce.
After announcing himself to the tennis world with a stellar display at the US Open, India’s Sumit Nagal once again proved his class as he defeated Huzaifa Abdul Rehman (6-0, 6-2) in straight sets to put his team in a dominant position.
Nagal needed just over an hour to defeat his 17-year-old opponent to ensure India take a 2-0 win to the second day of their Davis Cup clash.
India’s doubles team of Leander Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan will be in action tomorrow as they take on Pakistan’s doubles team, which will see Shoaib and Rehman pair up together.
For 46-year old Paes, it will the 57th time he has represented his country in Davis Cup action having first played in the competition back in 1990.
A win in the third rubber will be good enough for India to qualify for the next round of the competition.