India vs Spain, Davis Cup, Highlights: David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez Give Spain 2-0 Lead
Feliciano Lopez defeated Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the first match of the day. David Ferrer then thrashed Saketh Myneni in straight sets 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 to give Spain 2-0 lead over India in World Group play-off. Get all the highlights of India vs Spain here
David Ferrer defeated Saketh Myneni in straight sets to give Spain a comfortable 2-0 lead over India in the Davis Cup contest. Catch Davis Cup highlights hereÂ
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21:36 hrs IST: And it's over. Ferrer defeats Myneni in straight sets to give Spain 2-0 lead over India.Â
21:30 hrs IST: Ferrer on the brink of giving Spain 2-0 lead. Leads third set 5-1.Â
21:18 hrs IST: Ferrer starts well in the third set and takes an early 1-0 lead.Â
21:14 hrs IST: Myneni needs to up his game now.Â
21:05 hrs IST: Brilliant forehand from Ferrer and he wins the second set 6-2.Â
20:52 hrs IST: Myneni breaks Ferrer for the first time in the set. Still 1-5 down.Â
20:46 hrs IST: Three consecutive breaks for Ferrer. Leads 5-0. He'll serve for the set now.Â
20:38 hrs IST: Ferrer holds at love and leads 2-0 in second set.Â
20:30 hrs IST: Excellent display of strong backhand shots from Ferrer. Wins the first set 6-1.Â
20:21 hrs IST: Ferrer breaks Myneni for the first time in the match. Leads 3-1 in first set.Â
20:17 hrs IST: Ferrer holds serve to go 2-1 in the first set.
20:15 hrs IST: Myneni holds serve and levels score 1-1.
19:58 hrs IST: So David Ferrer has won the toss and he'll serve first.Â
19:38 hrs IST: Lopez beats Ramanathan 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 as Spain lead India 1-0 in World Group play-off.Â
19:34 hrs IST: And Lopez goes 5-1 up. He'll serve for match now.Â
19:32 hrs IST: Sharp ace from Ramanathan and it's deuce.Â
19:28 hrs IST: Incredible backhand down the line and Lopez takes 4-1 lead. Ramanathan to serve now.Â
19:24 hrs IST: Ramanathan keeping his hopes alive. Holds serve but still 1-3 down.Â
19:21 hrs IST: Great down the line forehand and that gives Lopez a 3-0 lead.Â
19:17 hrs IST: Lopez starts the fourth set well. Leads 2-0.Â
19:09 hrs IST: Wow! Ramanathan bounces back in style and wins the third set 6-3.Â
19:04 hrs IST: And he is on fire! Ramanathan breaks Lopez for the first time in the match. Leads 5-3. He'll serve for the set.Â
18:58 hrs IST: Ramanathan with a forehand winner and he now leads the third set 4-3.Â
18:54 hrs IST:Â The Indian has failed to win crucial moments and that has indeed made the difference.Â
18:47 hrs IST: Ramanathan is receiving some treatment in his right knee. He leads 3-2 in third set.Â
18:41 hrs IST: Ramanathan goes 2-1 up. Punches the air in celebration. Lopez to serve now.Â
18:36 hrs IST: Smash from Lopez and he makes it 1-1 in third set.Â
18:29 hrs IST: And Lopez wins the second set 6-4 in 34 minutes.Â
18:24 hrs IST: Ramanathan holds serve with an ace. Lopez leads 5-4. He'll serve for the second set.Â
18:20 hrs IST: A brilliant drop shot from Lopez. Leads 5-3. Ramanathan to serve now.Â
18:18 hrs IST: Ramanathan holds serve again. Still 3-4 down in second set.Â
18:14 hrs IST: Sheer domination from Lopez. Leads 4-2 now.Â
18:09 hrs IST: Ramanathan holds serve. 3-2 now with Lopez to serve.Â
18:05 hrs IST: Clever drop shot by Lopez and Ramanathan is not able to pick it. Lopez leads 3-1 in second set.Â
18:00 hrs IST: Lopez comfortably holds serve to lead 2-0.Â
17:57 hrs IST: Lopez breaks Ramanathan to go 1-0 up in second set.Â
17:52 hrs IST: And Lopez wins the first set 6-4. Ramanathan needs to make his way back in the match as soon as possible.Â
17:49 hrs IST: Lopez to serve for the first set at 5-4.Â
17:47 hrs IST: Ramanathan fighting hard for every point but still 4-5 down. Lopez's experience coming into play.Â
17:41 hrs IST: Ramanathan delivers a forehand winner to win the point. Still 3-4 down.Â
17:38 hrs IST: Consecutive double faults from Ramanathan. Lopez gets another chance to break.Â
17:35 hrs IST: Lopez gaining momentum now. He holds serve to lead 4-2. Ramanathan needs to up his game now.Â
17:32 hrs IST: An excellent forehand from Lopez and he breaks Ramanathan for first time in the match. Leads 3-2.Â
17:28 hrs IST: Ramanathan comes back in style and saves two break points.Â
17:25 hrs IST: An ace from Lopez and he holds the serve to make it 2-2.Â
17:21 hrs IST: Ramanathan goes 2-1 up in no time. Brilliant display of strong backhand shots from him.Â
17:16 hrs IST: Lopez shows his excellent volley skills to make it 1-1.Â
17:12 hrs IST: Ramanathan holds serve to go 1-0 up.Â
17:04 hrs IST: Lopez has won the toss and Ramanathan will serve first. On head-to-head, Spain lead India 2-1.Â
17:01 hrs IST: Live action is about to start. Both players are warming up.Â
16:56 hrs IST: Lopez will now play against Ramanathan in the first match. However, if Nadal recovers in time, he could play the reverse singles against Saketh Myneni on Sunday.Â
16:50 hrs IST:Â Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Davis Cup World Group playoff between India-Spain.Â
There was some dramatic turn of events just hours before the opening singles match. Rafael Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam champion, was laid low by a stomach bug and ruled out of the opening singles against Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Not that this will hand India a massive advantage. Although Feliciano Lopez is a doubles specialist and the current French Open champion, world No. 203 Ramanathan will start as the underdog.
Nadal's absence will take the gloss off the first day's proceedings. He could be seen in action on Day 3 only if the reverse singles are required to be played. The second match today will be played between India's best singles player Saketh Myneni and David Ferrer.
Thirty-four-year-old Lopez has a singles ranking of 26. He won the Swiss Open title in Gstaad in July, 10 years on from a runner-up finish to Richard Gasquet.
The top seed Spaniard, making his 10th appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, defeated 2013 finalist Robin Haase 6-4, 7-5 in the final, which lasted 77 minutes.
Twenty-one-year-old Ramanathan has a 4-6 win-loss record in the ATP circuit. It remains to be seen if he can take Lopez the full distance of a five-setter.