The Indian Davis Cup team could not maintain their strong performance on the final day of their World Group Round 1 tie against Serbia and went down without much of a fight to the defending champions to lose both matches and the tie 4-1. Somdev Devvarman lost to Victor Troicki in the first of the singles rubbers to hand the Serbians an unassailable 3-1 lead and in an inconsequential fifth rubber, young Karan Rastogi went down to Janko Tipsarevic.
A disappointing defeat in the doubles yesterday had seen India hand the Serbs a 2-1 advantage going into the final day. Somdev, up against World No.18 Victor Troicki, never really found the game that had seen him stun Janko Tipsarevic on the opening day and lost in straight sets 4-6, 2-6, 5-7. The first set saw both players trade early breaks before Somdev lost serve in the crucial ninth game of the set to give his opponent the chance to serve out the set, which he duly did.