India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Uzbekistan’s Sanjar Fayziev in straight sets to put India 4-0 up in the Davis Cup in Asia/Oceana Group 1 second round tie on Sunday evening.
Ramkumar Ramanathan continued India’s domination as he outplayed Sanjar Fayziev 6-3, 6-2 in just 66 minutes in the first reverse singles at the KSLTA stadium in Bangalore.
It was a dead rubber as India had already qualified for the World Group play-offs as Rohan Bopanna and Sriram Balaji won the doubles rubber in straight sets the day before to take India to an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Ramanathan started the match brilliantly by breaking Fayziev in the second game of the match and took a 3-0 lead. Then, the two held their serves for the rest of the set and Ramanathan closed out the first set 6-3 with ease.
The second set was pretty much the same affair as this time again Ramanathan broke Fayziev early in the set and was spot-on on return in the whole set and broke again in the seventh game to take a 5-2 lead and then served out in the next game comfortably to take the set and clinch the rubber to put India to a 4-0 lead in the tie.
Ramanathan’s serve worked out pretty well as he just faced two break points in the whole match and played very aggressively as he came to the net successfully on numerous occasions.
On the other hand, Fayziev didn’t serve well as he committed 5 double faults throughout the match and didn’t convert any of his break point chances.
“I played cleverly today. The tie was sealed so I focused on a few things. I did not want to commit a lot of double faults, I wanted to return better. I played smart and all the effort paid off,” Ramkumar said.
“I will take this confidence into the upcoming tournaments (on the Tour),” he added.
India books their place in the World Group Play-offs which will take place in September this year.