Davis Cup: Spain without Rafael Nadal but still too strong for India

Spanish tennis players, from left, David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal and Conchita Martinez watch balloons being released at the opening ceremony for the tennis Davis Cup play-off round between India and Spain in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Nadal pulled out of the opening match due to a bad stomach, according to news reports. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

A full-strength Spanish side came to New Delhi to participate in the Davis Cup play-off tie, featuring David Ferrer (left), Rafael Nadal (centre) and non-playing captain Conchita Martinez (right). AP

Spain's Rafael Nadal, center, watches a Davis Cup men's tie tennis match between compatriot David Ferrer and India's Saketh Myneni in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016.AP

Just hours before his scheduled match against India's Ramkumar Ramanathan, Spain's Rafael Nadal pulled out with a mystery stomach bug. AP

Spain's David Ferrer plays a shot in his Davis Cup men's tie against India's Saketh Myneni in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Spain's David Ferrer, ranked 13 in the world, led the Spanish in Nadal's absence, and took on India's Saketh Myneni. AP

India's Saketh Myneni plays a shot in his Davis Cup men's tie against Spain's David Ferrer in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Saketh Myneni, the highest ranked Indian singes player in tennis, has had a breakout year, qualifying for the US Open main draw. AP

Spanish tennis player Conchita Martinez puts a wet towel on compatriot David Ferrer as he rests between sets during his Davis Cup men's tie match against India's Saketh Myneni in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Ferrer was in rampant form, needing less than an hour and a half to beat Myneni 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. AP

A physiotherapist attends to India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan during his Davis Cup men's tie against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das) Spain’s Feliciano Lopez takes a break between sets in his Davis Cup men's tie against India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

The sapping heat and humidity of New Delhi took its toll, not only on the visiting Spaniards but also on the Indian athletes.

India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan plays a shot in his Davis Cup men's tie against Spain’s Feliciano Lopez in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Ramkumar Ramanathan, ranked 203 in the world, did well and even took a set off Feliciano Lopez. AP

Spain’s Feliciano Lopez plays a shot in his Davis Cup men's tie against India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Ultimately, however, the gap in class between the two players was too much for the young Indian and he went down in four sets 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. AP

Indian policemen watch a Davis Cup men's tie tennis match between Spain's David Ferrer, left, and India's Saketh Myneni in New Delhi, India, Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

The tennis action will continue on Saturday with the men's doubles match. AP


Updated Date: Sep 17, 2016 13:15 PM

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