Gill congratulates Indian Davis Cup team

New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Sunday congratulated Indian Davis Cup team for their 3-2 win over Brazil in Chennai which ensured the country’s re-entry to the elite World Group.

Riding on Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna’s brilliance, India came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Brazil and return to World Group of Davis Cup.

“I want to congratulate our Davis Cup team for their great victory today over Brazil,” Gill said in a statement.

“They fought back from two match down to finally win 3-2,” he said.

A dominant Somdev led 7-6 (3) 4-0 before world number 27 Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil conceded the first reverse singles, failing to negotiate hot and humid conditions and thus allowing India to level the tie 2-2.

The 479th-ranked Bopanna then came out firing on all cylinders to beat 75th-ranked Ricardo Mello 6-3 7-6(2) 6-3 in the fifth rubber to complete an amazing come-from-behind win.

Yesterday, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had earlier brought India back in the tie by beating Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the doubles rubber.


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