Chennai, India: Playing Brazil for the World Group Play-offs, Indian team is looking to retain position in the World Elite Group for Davis Cup. Rohan Bopanna playing the first singles of the tie lost to 26th ranked T. Bellucci of Brazil in 5 sets.
The marathon match saw 5 gruelling sets. Bopanna won 1st and 4th set. In the end Bellucci won 6-7(2), 7-6(7), 7-5, 4-6, 10-8.
Rohan Bopanna is the Runner’s Up at US Open 2010 Men’s Doubles.
Brazil leads 1-0 now.
With first match finished, Other Matches Left in the India – Brazil Davis Cup Tie
2. Somdev DEVVARMAN (IND) Vs Ricardo MELLO (BRA)
3. Mahesh BHUPATHI / Leander PAES (IND) Vs Marcelo MELO / Bruno SOARES (BRA)
4. Somdev DEVVARMAN (IND) Vs Thomaz BELLUCCI (BRA)
5. Rohan BOPANNA (IND) Vs Ricardo MELLO (BRA)
India is meeting Brazil for the 3rd time in Davis Cup matches. Both have won once each. They last played in 1991 World Group quarterfinals, when Brazil won at home 4-1.
India is trying to earn promotion for the first time since 1998. Brazil has lost in the World Group play-offs for four consecutive years. This is their 5th consecutive attempt to earn the promotion.