Davis Cup: Bopanna goes down fighting
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Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2011, 23:12
Novi Sad: Rohan Bopanna put up a gallant fight against world number 18 Viktor Troicki before losing as India conceded a 0-1 lead against top seed and defending champions Serbia in the first round of the Davis Cup World Group tie here on Friday.

A formidable doubles player but ranked 629 in singles, Bopanna lost 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 3-6 in the first singles after fighting for three-hours and 19 minutes at Spens Sports Center.

The onus to bring India back in the tie lies with the 93rd rank Somdev Devvarman, who will now lock horns with world number 45 Janko Tipsarevic in the second singles.

Bopanna defied odds to stage an excellent comeback as he was down by two sets but kept fighting and things changed when he grabbed the must-win third set with a break of serve in the 12th game.

Going with the momentum, Bopanna came out firing on all cylinders, reducing the sea-difference between the rankings to mere a number, and stretched the match to the deciding fifth set.

A lot of drama followed when Bopanna was serving for the fourth set in the ninth game having broken Troicki in the previous game as he argued with the chair umpire over a call.

Already incense with the home crowd, which was making a lot noise in backing the son of the soil, Bopanna lost his cool when a call resulted in his double fault.

India captain S P Misra was also not happy as many of the calls earlier also went against Bopanna.

However, Bopanna after saving two breakpoints in that game, stunned the crowd by winning the set when a Troicki return kissed the net.


First Published: Friday, March 04, 2011, 23:12

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