Ramkumar wins a slipshod opening rubber
Ramkumar Ramanathan gave India a flying start, defeating Temur Ismailov 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in the opening rubber of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-I match against Uzbekistan at the KSLTA Stadium. Ramkumar, in fact, double-faulted his way into trouble, hitting 14 of them in all including seven in two games in the second set. As early as in his second service game, Ismailov missed five first serves. It was with a double-fault that he handed Ramkumar the first break of the match. The Indian soon doubled the advantage, breaking Ismailov again. Ramkumar was particularly severe on the Uzbek’s second serve, winning three of every four points. India leads Uzbekistan 1-0 Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Temur Ismailov 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.
The Davis Cup is the premier international team event in men's tennis. It is run by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and is contested annually between teams from competing countries in a knock-out format. It is described by the organizers as the "World Cup of Tennis", and the winners are referred to as the World Champion team.
Ramakumar Ramanathan (born 8 November 1994) is a professional Indian tennis player. He hit the headlines in 2014 when he qualified for the main draw of the 2014 Aircel Chennai Open and beat the Indian No.1 Somdev Devvarman in the first round.