India defeat Uzebkistan in Davis Cup tie

Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna beat Farrukh Dustov and Denis Ishtomin of Uzbekistan 6-3 6-3 6-4 in the doubles encounter of Davis Cup.

updated: February 15, 2008 16:57 IST
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Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna scored a facile win over Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov in
doubles to give India a crucial 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan on Saturday.

The Indian duo notched up a 6-3 6-3 6-4 win in an hour-and-a-half much to the delight of the sizeable crowd which turned up to support the home team at the sun-bathed DLTA courts here.

The visitors surrendered to the crafty play of the hosts on grass and never really posed any threat to the Indian supremacy in the lopsided contest.

For Uzbekistan to come back in the Asia Oceania Group I tie, they have a herculean task of winning both their singles matches on Sunday.

India's non-playing skipper Leander Paes chose to field in-form Bopanna in place of Prakash Amritraj and the result was there for everyone to see.

"I took Mahesh's inputs. The way Rohan performed yesterday, I knew they will be the best combination. It was a strategic decision. It has also given Prakash an extra day to recover. He is looking good to play tomorrow."

Bopanna carried on his good form with aplomb and shouldered bulk of the responsibility. He packed his serves with power, but it was his crisp volleys that stood out and put to shade his famed partner.

With Bopanna outgunning the Uzbeks, Bhupathi did not have to stretch himself. But when opportunity came, the 10-time Grand Slam winner showed his class and the touch of brilliance that makes him such a formidable doubles player in the world.