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Davis Cup 2017, India vs New Zealand, Day 3: As It Happened

News18.com | February 5, 2017, 5:25 PM IST
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Catch all the live action of the Day 3 of India versus New Zealand Davis Cup Asia-Oceania group 1 tie at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune.

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In the reverse singles, Ramkumar Ramanathan will take on Finn Tearney before Yuki Bhambri takes on Jose Statham in the final rubber of the tie.

On Day 1, Yuki and Ramkumar won their respective men's singles matches to give India the lead.

In the first match, Bhambri defeated Finn Tearney 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to put India in the lead. While 276th ranked Ramkumar outplayed Jose Statham 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the second match on Friday.

But on Day 2, Kiwi duo Artem Sitak and Micheal Venus stunned Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to make it 2-1 in the tie on Saturday.

Feb 5, 2017 5:12 pm (IST)

Ramkumar Ramanathan beats Finn Tearney 7-5, 6-1, 6-0

India beat NZ 3-1 in Asian Oceania Group 1 contest

Feb 5, 2017 5:07 pm (IST)

Ramkumar Ramanathan takes 5-0 lead in the third set.

Feb 5, 2017 4:52 pm (IST)

Ramkumar is on song! He takes 3-0 lead in the third set.

India are just a win away from winning the New Zealand tie.

Feb 5, 2017 4:45 pm (IST)
Feb 5, 2017 4:42 pm (IST)

SECOND SET:

Ramkumar Ramanathan wins second set 6-1 against Finn Tearney in the Davis Cup reverse singles

Feb 5, 2017 4:21 pm (IST)

Ramkumar breaks to take to take 2-1 lead in the second set.

Feb 5, 2017 4:05 pm (IST)
Feb 5, 2017 4:02 pm (IST)

An anti-climax at the end as Finn serves a double fault yet again to gift the set to Ramkumar who wins it 7-5. India take the lead.

Feb 5, 2017 3:59 pm (IST)

Ramkumar makes it 6-5 in the opening set but not without a bit of a controversy. Ram hit an ace to close the game but Finn protested by saying the ball had taken a slight edge of the net and the Ram should serve again. But umpire says no and rules in favour of India.

Feb 5, 2017 3:50 pm (IST)

However, history is on India's side as the hosts have never lost a Davis Cup tie after taking a 2-0 lead on the opening day. The Kiwis will have to come up with something spectacular to edge India here.

Feb 5, 2017 3:49 pm (IST)

Ramkumar again holds his serve to take a 5-4 lead in the opening set. 

Feb 5, 2017 3:48 pm (IST)

The set is going neck and neck at the moment with neither players willing to give up their serve. Safe game being played by Ramkumar and Finn.

Feb 5, 2017 3:47 pm (IST)
Feb 5, 2017 3:35 pm (IST)

Finn is putting himself under lots of pressure as he has already hit five double faults. But still he manages to hold his serve and the set is now locked at 3-3

Feb 5, 2017 3:33 pm (IST)
Feb 5, 2017 3:30 pm (IST)

An unforced error from Finn lets off Ramkumar as he manages to hold his serve and take a 3-2 lead in the set.

Feb 5, 2017 3:28 pm (IST)

Ace and Deuce! Ramkumar fights back into game with the help of three consecutive brilliant serve.

Feb 5, 2017 3:26 pm (IST)

Three break points for Finn following a double fault from Ramkumar. But two great serves from the Indian helps him save couple of them.

Feb 5, 2017 3:25 pm (IST)

Great point buy Finn to make it 2-2 in the set. First a strong shot around the touchline and he followed it up with a brilliant volley near from the net.

Feb 5, 2017 3:19 pm (IST)
Feb 5, 2017 3:18 pm (IST)

Finn makes it 1-1 in the opening set after a brilliant display at the baseline. 

Feb 5, 2017 3:12 pm (IST)

First blood to India as Ramkumar wins the first game of the day.

Feb 5, 2017 3:11 pm (IST)

Ramkumar is serving for the first game of the day and he is already 40-0 up against Finn. Good start by India.

Feb 5, 2017 3:10 pm (IST)
Feb 5, 2017 3:02 pm (IST)

The players are out on the court and the first match is all set to begin in Pune.

Feb 5, 2017 2:58 pm (IST)

After taking a 2-0 lead on the first day via straight set victories on both singles matches, India lost the doubles rubber on the second day. The tie is perfectly poised as the hosts lead 2-1 with two reverse singles matches to be played today.

Feb 5, 2017 2:55 pm (IST)

In the first match of the day 3, Ramkumar Ramanathan takes on Finn Tearney while in the second clash, Yuki Bhambri goes up against Jose Statham.

Feb 5, 2017 2:54 pm (IST)
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