Unranked Cho Min-Hyeok gave the Koreans a flying start by beating Virali-Murugesan Ranjeet 6-1, 6-0, 6-1 in an hour and 23 minutes in the first match.
Jeong Suk-Young, the top-ranked player in the tie at 321, built on the advantage as Vijayant Malik, the second debutant in the Indian side, retired in the third set due to leg cramps. Jeong won 6-4, 7-5, 3-0 (retired). “I gave my best, but Cho was just too good for me.
The experience of playing a Davis Cup match was great and I’ll be better prepared for the reverse singles,” said the 27-year-old Ranjeet.