Davis Cup: Ramkumar faces Nadal in opening match


NEW DELHI: Ramkumar Ramanathan will begin the procedures for India when he goes up against 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal in the opening singles on the very first moment of the David Cup World Group Play-off against Spain, beginning here tomorrow. The second singles of the tie will be between Saketh Myneni and world number 13 David Ferrer, as per the draw reported by the International Tennis Federation today.

 On the second day, experienced Leander Paes will combine up with Saketh to face French Open champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez. In the opposite singles, it will be Saketh's swing to conflict with Nadal, while Ramanathan will bolt horns with Ferrer. "It will be intense for everyone. It's a vital showdown with both groups needing to go to the World Group. May be we have better names and on positioning we're higher yet India group knows the conditions well so the home favorable position will be with them, so it will be an intense one," said Nadal, including, he has no inclination and is glad to play on the very beginning.

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"We are accustomed to playing in various conditions yet here the dampness is higher than amid the seasons. So we should be fit and with best of five sets in this conditions, it will be hard. We have to adjust to the conditions and be set up for the begin." Asked how imperative is this competition, considering he is returning from harm, Nadal said: "Wounds are constantly intense. It's hard to rebound yet I think I welled.

 I had a decent Olympics and after that I contended well at the US Open. Here we are amped up for the tie, we are roused to achieve the World Group and that remaining parts the main objective." "I'm truly eager to play one of the best players ever. We need to keep the initial few diversions close and play some forceful tennis.

 I have to play with a great deal of forehand and assault his forehand, play as profound as could reasonably be expected and ofcourse serve well. I am prepared to play my heart out," Ramanathan said. India had beaten Korea 4-1 in their Asia/Oceania Group I second round tie while Spain crushed Romania with the same edge in their Europe/Africa zonal tie.

 India and Spain have bolted horns thrice so far in Davis Cup with the European country driving the straight on record 2-1. The last time India played Spain was as far back as 1965 when they lost the away tie 2-3. "We are the underdogs and we need to figure out how to do well, put everything on line and drained blue on the court. In the event that we can complete 1-1 after day 1, we will have a decent risk. So everything relies on upon first day," Saketh said. Paes included: "I am truly anticipating the weekend, playing with the young men and change some history for India."

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