Davis Cup: Ramkumar battles past Schnur, Yuki ousted

Davis Cup: Ramkumar battles past Schnur, Yuki ousted

Underdogs going into the Davis Cup World Group Playoff against Canada, India ended Day 1 with the tie level and the hosts rattled.

"It's been a insane two months", he said post-match. The 22-year-old Schnur is ranked 202.

Earlier, India were given a flying start in Edmonton by Ramkumar Ramanathan when he defeated Brayden Schnur 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-5.

Schnur and Bhambri will play in the second singles match on Sunday. Alas, he did it his way, dropping the third and fourth sets to stretch this one well past midnight Eastern, as a Northlands Coliseum crowd of around 6,000 dwindled by more than half by the time the final service ball was tossed. India will expect Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan to repeat their recent giant-killing acts against a completely transformed Denis Shapovalov when the team takes on Canada in its fourth straight attempt to qualify for the Davis Cup World Group. Vasvek had won both his singles against the Brits in February this year.

So the correct phrasing would be that neither of them had won a "live match" at the Davis Cup before.

If the idea of many might have been that India would be a walkover against Canada in this weekend's David Cup tie that disappeared from the git go. He then secured the match's first break in the seventh game of the second set to take 2-0 lead. I think that is what's impressing a lot of the coaches and players on tour. With wins over Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in August and a run to US Open fourth round as a qualifier, Shapovalov was expected to steamroll through the lowly-ranked Indians. "We only had best-of-threes in college". "I believed in myself in the fifth", Shapovalov said.

Shapovalov eventually won the second set 6-4, putting Canada in a good position to level the tie. Shapovalov, World No. 51, was cruising after taking a 2-0 lead but Bhambri capitalised on a dip in 18-year-old rival's serving form, coming back twice to push the third set into a tiebreaker.

He is as confident right now as he is skilled and nimble, barely showing the physical effects of his first five-set match, just eight minutes shy of four hours of tennis. You might assume that Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil would be favoured based on their historic doubles success, but in fact Nestor has lost his last five matches and Pospisil is nursing a bad back here.