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Davis Cup, India vs Canada: Ramkumar Ramanathan gives 1-0 lead

Ramkumar Ramanathan outlasted Brayden Schnur 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-5 in the first singles match of the India vs Canada World Group Play-off in the Davis Cup.

tennis Updated: Sep 16, 2017 09:11 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
‪‪Davis Cup‬,‪Rohan Bopanna‬,‪India‬
India's Ramkumar Ramanathan celebrates a point against Canada's Brayden Schnur during the Davis Cup tennis match in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (AP)

Ramkumar Ramanathan battled past Brayden Schnur in a four- setter to give India a 1-0 lead over Canada on day one of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie on Friday.

The 22-year-old Ramkumar Ramanathan, ranked 154, outlasted the impressive debutant 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-5 in the first singles, which lasted three hours and 16 minutes.

The Chennai lad thus remains unbeaten in the Davis Cup in 2017 season, having won all five matches he has played.

Yuki Bhambri is currently facing world number 51 Denis Shapovalov in the second singles match.

A powerful serve was the most potent weapon for Ramkumar Ramanthan but lack of pace in his strokes often made him vulnerable, of which Schnur took advantage many a times in the contest.

Ramkumar wriggled out of crunch situations with his gritty serving and saved as many as 15 of the 18 breakpoints which tilted the match in his favour.

Schnur, on the other hand, packed a lot of power in his ground strokes and was very impressive with his swift movement and court coverage.

But the 202-ranked Canadian was hit by a crisis of confidence when Ramkumar won both the second and third set. Schnur looked down and out, trailing by two sets to one, and down by a break in the fourth set.

The fourth set was littered with breaks but eventually Ramkumar sealed the match with a backhand winner, again well set up with a quality service.

Schnur to his credit fought well even in the fourth set but Ramkumar’s experience helped him clinch the game.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 09:08 IST