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Davis Cup: Bhambri loses To Vesely as Czech Republic beat India 3-1 to make it to World Group

Sahil Bhalla | Updated on: 20 September 2015, 13:28 IST

India's number one singles player, Yuki Bhambri, went down to Jiri Vesely at the DLTA Complex in New Delhi, as Czech Republic beat India 3-1 in the World Group playoff on 20 September.

Czech Republic kept up their perfect record of world group qualification as they have entered the top group every year since 2006.

India are now relegated to the Asia/Oceania Group 1 after the loss.

Yuki Bhambri had to win to keep India's hopes alive. However, he went down in straight sets, 3-6, 5-7, 2-6. With this win, Czech Republic will make it to the 16-nation World Group. This win subsequently makes the fifth rubber between Somdev Devvarman against Lukas Rosol inconsequential.

On September 19, the doubles pairing of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna suffered a rare defeat in the Davis Cup. They went down to Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek in straight sets, 5-7 2-6 2-6, in two hours and 10 minutes.

The doubles loss was Paes' second loss in 15 years. The last defeat incidentally also came with Bopanna against Uzbekistan in an away tie in 2012.

This was also Paes' first defeat in a home tie since 2000, when he and Syed Fazluddin lost to Lebanon's Ali Hamdeh and Jicham Zaatini in Lucknow.

First published: 20 September 2015, 13:28 IST
 
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