Leander levels for India

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Leander Paes helped share honours at 1-1 with Japan on the opening day of the zonal Davis Cup tie after India had lost the first match.

Leander levels for India

New Delhi:

Miracle Man Leander Paes today gave a sparkling performance to rescue the team and share honours with Japan on the opening day of the zonal Davis Cup tie after India had lost the first match. Displaying an aggressive brand of tennis, a determined Paes put India back in contention with another heroic show to square the score 1-1 in the Asia-Oceania group I first round tie R K Khanna Stadium. After Rohan Bopanna had gone down to Gouichi Motomura 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 3-6 in the first singles rubber in the morning, Paes scored an effortless 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 victory over Takao Suzuki in the second singles. The doubles tie tomorrow will once again prove critical for the hosts, who will look forward to their star combination of Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi to pull them through. Ironically, the ageing warrior's dismantling of Suzuki came immediately after the hopes of coming of age of young Rohan Bopanna failed to materialise. The 22-year-old was made to realise the wide chasm between Futures and Challengers circuit and the higher arena. What made the difference today was not Bopanna's game but the sheer experience of the Japanese. With 25 Cup appearances in a career spanning ten years, Motomura always had an edge over Bopanna. (PTI)

Topics : Tennis
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