Published: Sun, December 01, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Davis Cup: India take 3-0 lead over Pakistan to secure tie

Davis Cup: India take 3-0 lead over Pakistan to secure tie

In the opening singles match Ramkumar had an easy victory against Pakistan's Muhammed Shoaib winning the game in straight sets by 6-0, 6-0 to wrap up the game in 42 minutes.

Pakistani teenagers Mohammed Shoaib and Hufaiza Abdul Rehman were no match for the Indian combination of the battle-hardened Paes and Jeevan, who needed just 53 minutes to win 6-1 6-3.

Pakistan's top two players Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan pulled out of the tie in protest against ITF shifting the venue out of Pakistan, speaking against the treatment.

Bhupathi was dismissed from the post of captain by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) after refusing to travel to Pakistan for the Davis Cup due to security concerns.

The victor of the last game, a series of the best five games, will advance to the World Group qualifiers to play against Croatia in March. next year.

Cross-border tensions between India and Pakistan have remained high since the August 5 movement in the Muslim-majority region, which is still under a security blockade and a near-total communication blackout. Twenty-four nations will go head-to-head in a bid to win one of 12 qualifying spots for the Davis Cup Finals.

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Whereas the first match used to be no longer even a contest, promising Pakistani youngster Hufaiza resisted Nagal as grand as imaginable by collaborating the Indian in lengthy rallies. So far he has 7-7 record in eight ties. The 17-year-old has missed the entire 2019 season.

Ahead of India's Davis Cup tie against Pakistan, Bhupathi was removed as the team's non-playing skipper.

In a statement to Al Jazeera earlier this month, Hironmoy Chatterjee, AITA's secretary-general, said: "The Davis Cup committee after assessment of the situation has taken the right call so that the tie can be played under a friendly atmosphere for both teams". They are playing against a tough Indian team with nothing to loose.

"At the end of the day, regardless of what happened to me personally, the priority is that India beat them 2-0 tomorrow", he added. "We are looking to whitewash them", Rajpal told PTI. "There are improvised drills to not only warm up the players, but also cool them down". With the win, India win the tie 3-0, with two reverse singles still left in the schedule.

Last year, Paes became the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup when he won his 43rd match, surpassing Italian great Nicola Pietrangeli during the tie against China.

The five rubbers will be held on Friday and Saturday and the tie will begin at 1:30 pm (IST).

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