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India take 2-1 lead in Davis Cup

leander_mahesh_dc.jpgUnbeaten since 1996 as a pair in the Davis Cup, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi went into their doubles rubber against Tsung-Hua Yang & Chu-Huan Yi as massive favourites. The Indian Express were made to work hard against their less illustrious opponents, winning their tie in four highly competitive sets 6-4, 7-6, 6-7, 6-2 to give India a 2-1 lead going into the reverse singles on Sunday. Yesterday, Somdev Devvarman had given India a 1-0 lead in the tie beating Ti Chen in straight sets before Yen-Hsun Lu levelled the tie at 1-1.

Yang was broken in the opening game of the match as Leander and Mahesh raced to the net

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India - Taipei One All after First Singles

somdev_devvarman_4.jpgAfter losing 4-1 to Romania in their World Group Play-off in September 2008, India returned to the ignominy of the qualifying rounds of the Davis Cup as they attempt to mount a serious challenge to once again regain a place amongst tennis' elite.

Drawn again Chinese Taipei in the First tier of the competition, India have a full year to earn a place in the World Group, or heaven forbid should they lose, face relegation to Group II of the Asia-Oceania League. Sharing India's hopes for

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Spain win the Davis Cup

verdasco.jpgFernando Verdasco fought brilliantly from two sets to one down to beat Argentine substitute Jose Acasuso in five desperately competitive sets to help Spain clinch the Davis Cup 3 - 1 with the final reserve singles cancelled (dead rubber).

Spain, champions in 2000 & 2004 continued their track record of winning one every four years this century pulling off an amazing upset in front of a hostile Argentine home crowd and that too without their top two players world no. 1 Rafael Nadal & Tommy Robredo.

Verdasco, coming in for the out of form David Ferrer - beaten in the first match of the tie by Argentine star David Nalbandian on Friday - picked up his game tremendously in the crucial doubles rubber yesterday and kept his nerve at crucial momen

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Romania crush India 4-1 in World Group Play-off

paes01.jpgBucharest was the scene of India's latest failure to rejoin the elite World Group of Men's tennis, a category she hasn't belonged to since 1998. India hasn't beaten Romania in the Davis Cup since the 1920s, though there have been some memorable matches in the past featuring Romanian legends Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac and India's davis cuppers Premjit Lall & Jaideep Mukherjee.

Playing lead singles for India was Davis Cup veteran Vijay Amritraj's son Prakash, ranked 220th in the World and partnering him was debutant Somdev Devvarman (#244).

Prakash played a couple of competitive sets against Victor Crivoi. Prakash raced out of the blocks and broke Crivoi in his opening service game. Games went with serve till 5-3 when Prakash had an opportun

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