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    Default Davis Cup: Underdogs India face a stern test against Korea

    Thrust into action courtesy a controversy, it will be a test of nerves and skills for the Indian rookies when they take on South Korea in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie, beginning here on Friday.

    With only Leander Paes as the top player in the side, V M Ranjeet, Vijayant Malik and Purav Raja will make their Davis Cup debuts and they will have to play out of their skins to help India win the tie.

    It`s the second consecutive tie, the build up of which has been marred by an needless controversy.

    Earlier, Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna were axed before the New Zealand tie in September last year, on grounds of indiscipline.

    And now 11 top players, led by Somdev Devvarman, have been left out as the disgruntled players and the national federation could not reach a settlement in time.

    India would have started as outright favourites at home with a full-strength team against the current team fielded by Korea but now the hosts would enter the contest as underdogs.

    It will be interesting to see how Paes, who will be playing his 49th Davis Cup tie, anchors the side. He will be in action only on Saturday for the doubles but his role is much bigger on Friday and Sunday when the singles rubbers will be played.

    There was a palpable change in the mood of the camp ever since Paes joined the team on Tuesday. It took just the presence of Paes to turn the mood from sombre to jovial.

    And in Davis Cup, it`s completely different from the matches on the Tour. Playing for the nation is an incentive enough for the players to push themselves to limit.
    It will be first assignment for Zeeshan Ali as India coach and last for S P Misra as non-playing captain and both of them would want a good result for obvious reasons.

    The expectations from Ranjeet and Malik, ranked 517 and 541 respectively, would be to at least put up a decent fight and they would also be eager to prove a point after being labelled as members of a third-string team.

    The players they will be encountering are Suk-Young Jeong, ranked 321 and Min-Hyeok Cho, who is not ranked in the ATP chart but has the experience of playing two Davis Cup ties.

    Jeong has won two of the five singles that he has played so far in the Davis Cup, while Cho had battled well against Australia. If Ranjeet could tame Cho on the opening day, it will enhance India`s chances.

    Min-Hyeok Cho has a good reputation back home and he`s a tough customer despite winning just one of the three Davis Cup matches. His two defeats have come against tough Australians -- Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic.

    Ji Sung Nam, the fourth player of the side, is yet to make his debut and he will play the doubles alongwith Yong-Kyu Lim.

    Surprisingly, the Korean captain has chosen Lim for the doubles, despite the fact that he is experienced in playing singles rubber.

    The Korean captain explained that Cho was in good touch and that is why they have chosen him for the singles and since Lim has experience, they wanted him to play in the doubles against a team which has a seasoned player in Paes.
    The most comforting factor for India is the presence of Paes for the doubles. India can be assured of clinching the Saturday rubber when Paes and US-based Raja enters the court.

    Paes has this history of producing results with even inexperienced players and the latest example was during London Olympics, where he and Vishnu Vardhan fought hard as a team.

    And now he has a good partner in Raja, who is now ranked 161 and won three Futures titles apart from ending runners-up in other Challenger events, last season.

    The courts at the R K Khanna tennis stadium are still slow and hanging in, retrieving the balls, would be crucial to the outcome of the matches.

    Even Paes mentioned that since and he and Raja are both serve and volley players, they will have to adjust their game and play more from the baseline.

    The winner of the tie will advance to the second round, slated for April 5 to 7.

    The head-to-head record is 5-3 in the favour of Korea and the last time two sides clashed was back in 2006 when the visitors had won in Korea 4-1.
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    Bringing in his wealth of experience, Leander Paes combined with debutant Purav Raja to keep India afloat by winning the do-or-die doubles rubber against Korea on Saturday but it would take a super heroic effort to save the hosts from a defeat in the Davis Cup tie.

    Playing for the first time together, Paes and his 97th doubles partner Raja pipped Yong-Kyu Lim and debutant Ji Sung Nam 6-4 7-5 6-2 in a hard-fought contest that went on for two hours and 30 minutes.

    The way Koreans played on the first day, the Indians knew it was not going to be an easy task to tame their super-fit rivals. And it was evident from the very first game in which Paes and Purav faced four breakpoints but managed to escape unscathed.

    Given his limitations, Purav supported Paes well. More than the quality of his game, it was his gumption that caught everyone's attention as he came across as someone who wanted to contribute to the country's cause.

    Paes, who is now nearing 40, is not as sharp as he used to be but his experience of playing 48 ties before bumping into this fit Korean team counted today.

    It is for the second time in the six months that Paes has produced good result with a first-time partner. At London Olympics, the 39-year-old Indian star had played extremely well with Vishnu Vardhan.

    Now India need V M Ranjeet and Vijayant Malik to pull of the reverse singles tomorrow in order to advance to the second round of the Asia|Oceania Group I tie.

    However, it is too much to ask form the inexperienced players as the both Suk-Young Jeong and Min Hyeok Cho are far superior players -- both in fitness and game -- than the Indians.

    Ranjeet will take on Cho while Malik, who conceded his singles against Jeong after a valiant fight, will clash with Jeong. It took Paes and Raja 10 minutes to get on the board but soon they were up 3-0 by breaking Lim in the second game, followed by a hold from Purav.

    Paes bisected the two Koreans with a volley to earn two break chances in the sixth game but Lim kept his cool and served well to save both.

    India soon lost the cushion when Purav was broken in the seventh game. His strokes lacked power and precision. Nam held to make it 4-4, however, the Indians broke Lim for the second time to take the set.

    Paes' deft volley gave India three set points and Lim double faulted to hand India the set after an exciting 52-minute battle.

    Purav improved as the match progressed egged on by partisan crowd of 2000 as the cheering went from being loud to deafening. At one point of time, the chair umpire had to ask Indian captain S P Misra to ask the Indian supporters to clam down between the points.

    The Koreans fought hard to claw their back in the match and it was a commendable effort from then two players to stretch the second-set proceedings to a tie-breaker.

    Purav lost his serve in the fifth game but the Indians broke the Nam in the eighth to even the scores. The crowd favourites along with the supporters had some anxious moments when Paes was broken in the 11th game but Indians break back.

    In the tie-breaker, Paes' experience counted as the hosts erased a 0-3 deficit to go up 4-3 and then sealed the set when the veteran hit a superb backhand volley.

    It was difficult for the Koreans to stage a comeback from two-set down and Indians clinched the issue quite easily.
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    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!

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    Default Davis Cup: Spain crash out to Canada, US battle to survive

    Five-time champions Spain crashed out of the Davis Cup on Sunday when Canada completed a famous World Group triumph while 32-time winners United States edged Brazil in a dogfight.

    Milos Raonic secured the crucial winning point in Canada's 3-2 victory in Vancouver by beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to send Canada into their first Davis Cup quarter-final.

    They will tackle Italy in April for a place in the semi-finals.

    Missing top players Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco, Spain, winners of the title three times in the last five years, and the 2012 runners-up, had been 2-0 down on Friday.

    Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez kept their hopes alive with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in Saturday's doubles.

    But Raonic, the world number 15, was unstoppable on Sunday firing 22 aces and 55 winners past the hapless Garcia-Lopez, the world 82, as Spain were beaten in the opening round for the first time since 2006.

    Albert Ramos beat Frank Dancevic 7-5, 6-4 in a dead rubber to create the final margin.

    The United States escaped an upset when Sam Querrey rallied to beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) and give the Americans a 3-2 triumph. Querrey fired 26 aces for a perfect weekend in his first Davis Cup home tie.

    Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci battled back to defeat John Isner 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-3, in Sunday's opener at Jacksonville, Florida.

    Isner fired 22 aces in the clash but also committed 81 unforced errors.

    The US had been 2-0 ahead on Friday before twins Bob and Mike Bryan suffered a stunning loss in the doubles - just the third of their Davis Cup career - to Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, going down 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

    The Americans will meet 2010 champions Serbia, who had already defeated Belgium.

    Tomas Berdych beat Stanislas Wawrinka in a battle of Davis Cup ironmen as defending champions Czech Republic reached the quarter-finals.

    The Czechs led Switzerland 2-1 overnight after Berdych and Lukas Rosol beat Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 24-22 in the longest-ever Davis Cup match, an exhausting doubles which lasted a minute over seven hours.

    World number six Berdych and Wawrinka, the 17th-ranked player, returned on Sunday for the first of the reverse singles in Geneva and three hours 15 minutes later, it was the Czech who triumphed again, claiming a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) win.

    "Stan is one of the players who I don't like to play. He has a dangerous game," said Berdych, of a player who also featured in a five-hour defeat to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open last month.

    "The match on Saturday will go down in history. You play tennis for moments like this," added Berdych, who won all three rubbers he played this weekend and spent almost 13 hours on court.

    Wawrinka insisted that despite his three matches -- he had also won his opening singles on Friday - he would have been able to play a fifth set on Sunday.

    "I care about this competition and love to play for my country," said Wawrinka, who was Switzerland's top player in the absence of Roger Federer.

    "We were really close. I was up in the tiebreak today but Tomas played better and showed why he is number six in the world."

    The Czech Republic will now travel to Kazakhstan in April for the quarter-finals.

    Kazakhstan, who beat Austria 3-1 in their World Group clash on Sunday in Astana, knocked the Czechs out in the first round in 2011.

    In Turin, Italy beat Croatia to make the quarter-finals for the first time since 1998.

    Italy had led 2-1 overnight but Marin Cilic won his second singles match of the tie by easing past Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3, 7-5.

    Fabio Fognini then saw off Ivan Dodig 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to clinch the winning point.

    "In Davis Cup, everyone wins or everyone wasn't just my victory, it was Italy's victory," tweeted Fognini.

    The other quarter-final will see Argentina facing France after they completed comfortable victories over Germany and Israel respectively on Saturday.
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!

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