Young Indian star Yuki Bhambri showed some signs of the huge potential everyone knows he has as he produced arguably the best performance of his career to defeat Denis Istomin, a player ranked 252 places above him, in three tough sets 6-7(1), 7-6(3), 7-6(3) to gain a point for India in what had so far been a disastrous tie for them at the Pahlavon Sports Complex in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Later, veteran Davis cupper Rohan Bopanna, playing as a replacement for the chicken pox-stricken Sanam Singh, also won his match against Sarvar Ikramov 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 to leave India wondering 'what if' as the tie ended 3-2 in favour of the Uzbeks.
Bhambri and Sanam Singh had lost their opening day singles rubbers to Farrukh Dustov and Istomin respectively and thus understandably, no one expected the Indian youngster to put up much of a fight against Istomin, who was playing for the third straight day in a row and perhaps looking for a good workout before heading to the clay courts of Monte Carlo. Bhambri though, who was playing without the pressure of a 'live' rubber, came out a confident and new player, counter punching Istomin's strong groundstrokes and thus asserting his own, even throwing in a couple of inside-out drop shots. The 19-year old came back from losing a tough first set to win the tiebreaks in both the second and third to hand Istomin his first loss at home in six years. Later, Rohan Bopanna extracted some measure of revenge on one half of the Uzbek doubles team as he beat Sarvar Ikramov 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 in the last rubber of the tie.