Somdev Devvarman, who put up an excellent show on the opening day of the on-going Davis Cup tie against Czech Republic, consoled Rohan Bopanna on Saturday after today's disappointment as India trail 2-1 now.
Leander Paes, partnering Rohan Bopanna, suffered a rare doubles defeat in the Davis Cup as Radek Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek gave Czech Republic a 2-1 lead over India in the World Group play-off tie, here.
Ahead of the much-anticipated Davis Cup tie between India and Czech Republic, tennis ace Leander Paes, who has recently won the US Open mix-doubles title, stated that physical fitness will play a crucial role during the tie.
He was profusely sweating in the sultry Delhi heat after a practise session, hours after arriving here, but Radek Stepanek is not bothered about the tough conditions and says the Czech Republic have quality players to pull off the Davis Cup tie against India.
The Indian Davis Cup team needs to pull off a miracle of sorts if it has to advance to the elite World Group, says Mahesh Bhupathi as the veteran doubles exponent revealed that Czech Republic will field a full strength team in the next month's Play-off tie, here.
A noisy crowd, big stage and Roland Garros atmosphere could play an important part in France`s Davis Cup semi-final against record-chasing champions Czech Republic, according to old hands Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Radek Stepanek.
Two unseeded Italian teams will be the first round opponents of Indo-Czech pair Leander Paes-Radek Stepanek and Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistan partner Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in the men`s doubles at the US Open here.