Sep 20, 2009

Davis Cup India Somdev Beat Rik De , India South Africa Davis cup 2009

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Historic day in Davis Cup. Somdev Beat Rik De Voest in Johannesburg in five setter. He was trailing 2-0 after two sets but he came back strongly to win last three sets.

India No. 1 Somdev Devvarman beat Rik de Voest 3-6, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-4 in a marathon first reverse singles to win the Davis Somdev Cup World Group play-off 3-1 against South Africa on Sunday.

Thus India enters World Group after 11 years. India last played in the World Group in 1998.

Somdev lost first two sets 3-6, 6-7 (3) in an almost two hours long battle, but he resurrected himself in the third set which he won 7-6 (5) in a tie-breaker.

Although Somdev started the third set disastrously, failing to hold his serve in the very first game as Rik took a 2-0 early lead. The 133rd ranked Indian come back strongly as he broke the 189th ranked South African in the fourth game to level the set at 2-2.

India’s teen sensation Yuki Bhambhri and Izak Van der Merwe will play the inconsequential final match later in the play-off.

India had lead the tie 2-1 before the start of the final day and needed only one more win out of two reverse singles, to be played at Ellis Park arena on Sunday.

Friday's victories by Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna had put India in driver's seat before South African pull one back with doubles victory on Saturday.

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