New Delhi: Young Sumit Nagal showed hint in his diversion on Davis Cup entrance before ‘breathing problem’ scuttled his feat impetus as India suffered a 5-0 varnish during a hands of strong Spain in a World Group Play-off tie, in New Delhi on Sunday.
Up opposite a reigning Olympic and French Open doubles champion Marc Lopez, who does not play singles anymore, a 19-year-old Nagal dominated a record underneath humid conditions before losing 3-6 6-1 3-6 in a passed fourth rubber, that lasted some-more than dual hours.
It was a alpine charge for Ramkumar Ramanathan to forestall a purify brush given he had universe series 13 David Ferrer as his opponent. The Spaniard cruised to a 6-2 6-2 win to finish a winning 5-0 win for his side even as Ramkumar fought his heart out, giving his all.
The final time India suffered a varnish was in 2003 opposite a Netherlands in a divided World Group Play-off tie. It is a 21st time that India has been whitewashed.
With the tie already in a slot of a five-time Davis Cup champions, Spain chose to margin Marc in place of Feliciano Lopez while India handed entrance to Nagal.
Lopez was personification usually his second singles compare in a Davis Cup tie. The final time he played a singles rubber was in 2013 World Group Play-off tie opposite Ukraine. Then also, he had played fourth rubber and won 6-3 6-3 opposite Denys Molchanov.
The final time Lopez played a singles compare on a Tour was in 2014 during Barcelona and that was usually singles he played on a debate that year.
After overcoming initial nerves, Nagal non-stop adult and played smartly. He packaged a lot of energy in his forehand and also used a dump shots smartly. He tender with his character of play, justice coverage and preference of shots.
His backhand is still work in swell and Lopez pounded him there in a after partial of a match. Had it not been for his respirating problem, Nagal was good on march for a noted win, despite opposite a actor who is used to covering usually a half-court in a new years.
For someone who is still anticipating feet in a ITF Futures circuit, a moving opening opposite universe series 15 in a doubles will certainly offer a outrageous certainty upholder for a Delhi lad.
Nagal perceived a medical time out for respirating issues in a second diversion of a third set after violation Lopez in a first. This happened when a compare was in his grip.
He had saved 3 mangle chances before a tutor was called. He saved 3 some-more after receiving a treatment, hold a offer and pennyless Lopez for one some-more time to take a 3-0 lead in a wilful set.
However, movement switched and he was not a actor who was progressing dictating terms. Nagal mislaid 5 true games after that to route 3-5 and Lopez served out a match.
Nagal was entrance into a tie after wining a USD 25,000 ITF Futures pretension on clay during Poland and creation a semifinal in another event.
He was damaged during adore in a second diversion and had chances to make it even in a subsequent diversion yet could modify nothing of a 3 chances he got, mostly creation errors with his backhand.
Trailing 0-3, a immature Indian came adult banishment and got on house by portion a fourth during love.
Nagal warranted another possibility to get mangle when Lopez netted a forehand yet could not put a round in open justice after environment adult a indicate nicely.
The missed chances cost Nagal as Lopez served out a set with a backhand bombardment winner.
The Jhajjar child yet rushed to a 3-1 lead in a second set after violation Lopez in a fourth game. He had some-more control over a strokes. He was distinguished purify backhand that Lopez could not pick.
A flurry of spontaneous errors came from a rattled Lopez as he forsaken offer during adore in a sixth, permitting Nagal to offer out a set in a next.
The movement was with Nagal and he again pennyless Lopez in a initial diversion of a third set. Up a break, he was favourite to win yet a different medical emanate deprived him a win.