Davis Cup: India trail 0-2

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/t/tennis.jpg' class='caption'> India's chances of making it to the Davis Cup World Group received a rude jolt when Somdev Devvarman lost to Romania's Victor Hanescu.

Updated: September 21, 2008 10:03 IST
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India's chances of making it to the Davis Cup World Group received a rude jolt on Friday when their biggest singles hope, Somdev Devvarman, went down 3-6, 1-6, 0-6 to Romania's Victor Hanescu in the second singles of the play-off at the Bucuresti Stadium in Bucharest.

Earlier, Prakash Amritraj lost the first singles 5-7, 7-5, 2-6, 2-6 against Victor Crivoi. India now trail 0-2. Amritraj tried every trick in the book but could only take a set off Victor Crivoi.

The way Prakash began it appeared he would breeze through the first set as he rushed the net to put away easy volleys. The hassled Romanian found it difficult to pass and the Indian was up 3-0 with an early break. Slowly Crivoi started getting measure of Prakash with his deep ground shots. Prakash tried to rush with poor approach shots and found himself in a no-man's land as the Romanian passed him easily.

Prakash should have served out the set in the tenth game, but made elementary mistakes to drop serve. He was down love-40 in his next service game too and though he forced a deuce and saved in all four break points he just could not pull it off. The Romanian served the set out.

In the second set, the roles were reversed as the 158th ranked Crivoi had an early break and Prakash had to wait till the tenth game to level. Prakash held his serve before breaking the Romanian in the 12th game to level the sets 1-1.

Prakash seemed to have run out of fuel in the next two sets as the Romanian was all over the court to seize the opportunity. The 222nd ranked India started slowly losing grip over his game and was broken in the fifth game. After that it was a matter of time before Crivoi cruised through untroubled. To make matters worse for Prakash, he seemed to have stretched his hamstring and after that he simply went through the motions. All that Crivoi had to do was to wait for Prakash to make mistakes.

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