Busan, South Korea: South Korea and India took an opening singles match each in their Davis Cup second-round tie on Friday in the southern South Korean port city of Busan.
Somdev Devvarman defeated Chung Hyeon in straight sets, 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, in the first match on the hard court. But Lim Yong-Kyu turned the tables for the home side, defeating Sanam Singh 7-6(7/5), 6-4, 6-4, to level the tie.
After a doubles showdown on Saturday, there will be two more singles matches on Sunday, with the eventual winner moving on to the World Group playoffs. Devvarman, ranked 88th in the singles, was pushed to tiebreaks in the first two sets against the 377th-ranked Chung. In the first set tiebreak, Devvarman led 6-1 and held off the 17-year-old South Korean to win 7-4.
Chung led 4-1 in the second set, but Devvarman stormed back to force another tiebreak and won 7-3. At 4-4 in the third set, Devvarman broke Chung’s serve ensured he completed the straight-set victory.
Lim, ranked 300th, edged out the 371st-ranked Singh in the tiebreak of their first set, and then won the second comfortably. The third set went to 4-4 before Lim secured the crucial break and then served out for the set and the match.