Its a double treat for India as their 2019 Davis Cup tie against Pakistan is now on a 2-0 lead as compatriots Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal has trounced their opponents Muhammad Shoaib and Huzaifa Abdul Rehman on the first day.
It was a walk in the park for Ramanathan as the former World no. 111 proved to be way too overpowering for the young 17 year old Shoaib, as the first match lasted just 42 minutes.
Ramanathan, currently no. 190, who reached the 2018 ATP World Tour Final at Newport, was present in the post match conference: “I gave my best in every point. We are happy with 2-0 on the first day.
Expressing his thankful gesture towards the supporters present at the game, the 25 year old addressed on the upcoming doubles match between Leander Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan versus Pakistan on Saturday.
“Now we are looking forward to see Jee (Jeevan) and Leander fire some bombs tomorrow. Let’s get the job done”
Ranked 128th Sumit Nagal, who hails from the Jhajjar district of Haryana, won the second face off in 64 minutes. This was also the first ever Davis Cup victory for Sumit, as the 22 year old razed Huzaifa 6-0, 6-2.
“I started decent and finished it pretty strong. Both of us (he and Ram) had lot of fire today. We did not want to lose.” the 2015 Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles winner told reporters.
Even though it was a win for Nagal, Huzaifa had enough juice to push him to deuce points twice, and elongated the match till the 8th game.
“They are juniors but they played well and did whatever they could. The guy I played came up with some really good shots. He played to his potential but has a long way to go,” Nagal added.