New Delhi: Leander Paes, partnering Rohan Bopanna, suffered a singular doubles better in a Davis Cup as Radek Stepanek and Adam Pavlasek gave Czech Republic a 2-1 lead over India in a World Group play-off tie on Saturday.
It was one rubber in that India entered as favourites though a fanciful group were tamed by a Czechs 5-7 2-6 2–6 in dual hours and 10 minutes.
It was Paes’ usually second better in a Davis Cup doubles in a final 15 years. The final better had also come with Bopanna opposite Uzbekistan in an divided tie in 2012.
It was also a initial better for Paes in a home tie given 2000 when he and Syed Fazluddin had mislaid to Lebanon’s Ali Hamdeh and Jicham Zaatini in Lucknow.
Paes, who won US Open churned doubles final week, had assimilated a group usually on Wednesday for a tie while other players had started to arrange from Saturday. Paes had usually dual use sessions with Bopanna after his arrival.
The outcome leaves Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri with a daunting charge of winning both a retreat singles tomorrow if India are to re-enter a chosen 16-nation World Group.
Yuki will take on left-hander Jiri Vesley in a fourth rubber while Somdev will strife with big-hitting Lukas Rosol in a fifth match.
Bopanna, universe series 13 in doubles rankings, was rusty currently as he lacked control over his shots and there was no prick in his offer either.
Bopanna struggled to keep a round in a court, that cost India dearly. Most of a half-volley collect ups Bopanna done went outward a lines. Even as he softened his offer in a third set though India could never recover.
On a other hand, Adam packaged a lot of punch in his shots with considerable palm and eye co-ordination. His earnings were plain and during net too he was a pleasure to watch. He frequency missed a shot and was a leader in his duels with both Paes and Bopanna.
In any set, Indians were initial to remove offer and a Czech took full advantage of their lead.