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

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

FP Sports September 17, 2016 13:15:46 IST
Davis Cup: Spain without Rafael Nadal but still too strong for India
Davis Cup Spain without Rafael Nadal but still too strong for India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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