Indian tennis player Rohan Bopanna and his partner Purav Raja were playing against Canadian duo Vasek Pospisil and Daniel Nestor on Sunday in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie. Day 1 ended with India and Canada tied at 1-1, thanks to Ramkumar Ramanathan's win in the opening rubber. However, Pospisil and Nestor overcame the challenge of Bopanna and Raja to win 7-5, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 on Day 2 in the doubles match.
However, it was an Indian who provided the moment of the match, with a stunning shot from Bopanna during the first set. Raja was serving and a few quick shots later, the ball was sent high towards the Indians' side. Bopanna chased after it and as it bounced inside the court, he lobbed it back to the Canadian end without even facing the opponents!
In the match though, Raja and Bopanna struggled against the more experienced duo of Pospisil and Nestor. Although Nestor is 45 years old, he was able to use all his expertise in the match. His age definitely caught up with him on a few occasions as he messed up a couple of serves and was not as sharp as he used to be. Bopanna and Raja kept the pressure on Pospisil who had been nursing a back injury and was rested on the first day.
After going two sets down, the Indians dodged a bullet in the third set and kept the game alive. However, they could not sustain the momentum and subsequently folded in the fourth set. When the Canadians were on the attack, Purav had a huge target painted on his back but the 19th ranked Bopanna was of little help. He was only able to produce flashes of brilliance like in the first set but largely remained dormant during the match.