Davis Cup: India clinch doubles to stay alive against Serbia

Davis Cup: India clinch doubles to stay alive against Serbia

Veteran Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna won the crucial doubles on Saturday to keep India afloat in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against Serbia in Bangalore on Saturday.

With the hosts 0-2 down in Friday`s opening singles, it was left to 41-year-old Paes and Bopanna to keep the tie alive with a thrilling five-set win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac.

The Indians, cheered by some 3,000 home fans, fought back after losing the first two sets to win 1-6, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3, 8-6 in three hours of enthralling tennis.

India will still need to win both the reverse singles on Sunday to return to the elite 16-nation World Group after spending the last two years in the Asia-Oceania zonal competition.

India`s number one Somdev Devvarman will take on Dusan Lajovic in the first match before Yuki Bhambri meets Filip Krajinovic.

Serbia, the 2010 champions, are without world number one Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki for the play-off tie.

Djokovic pulled out of the weekend`s action citing fatigue and family reasons after being stunned by Japan`s Kei Nishikori in the US Open semi-final last week. Tipsarevic and Troicki are injured.

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