05 February,2023 09:36 AM IST | Hillerod (Denmark) | PTI
India’s Rohan Bopanna during the Davis Cup doubles tie against Denmark’s Johannes Ingildsen and Holger Rune on Saturday. Pic/AP; PTI
Indian duo Rohan Bopanna and Yuki Bhambri lost to World No. 9 Holger Rune and Johannes Ingildsen in straight sets to hand hosts Denmark a 2-1 lead after the doubles tie in the Davis Cup World Group Play-Off on Saturday.
The Danish pair made short work of the Indians winning 6-2, 6-4 in just 65 minutes as Rune*s presence proved to be a decisive factor.
Earlier on Friday, India*s No. 1 Sumit Nagal had erased a one-set deficit to pip August Holmgren 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 27 minutes. Nagal restored the parity after Bhambri had a forgettable opening singles losing 2-6, 2-6 to the rising teen sensation Rune.
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Bhambri has quit singles and now plays only doubles on tour. The 25-year-old Nagal, ranked 506, dropped serve in the very first game of the match but once he got hold of his nerves, he was his usual fighting self. He got the break back but squandered the chances when Holmgren offered them. The Danish player, ranked 484, eventually sealed the set. In the second set, it was Nagal who drew the first blood and went up 5-2. He served out the set in the ninth game to force a decider.
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