India were left to battle it out in the Asian zone yet again after Ramkumar Ramanathan's defeat in the must-win fourth rubber as Denis Shapovalov steered Canada back to the elite Davis Cup World Group
Ramkumar Ramanathan fetched the crucial win but Yuki Bhambri made the day memorable even in defeat as India and Canada shared the honours on day one of the Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie.
India's big hope Yuki Bhambri crashed out of the US Open men's singles qualifiers with a three-set defeat to Japanese Go Soeda while Prajnesh Gunneswaran also suffered a tame defeat.
Ramkumar Ramanathan made it to the main draw as a lucky loser after Gael Monfils withdrew due to illness.
Yuki Bhambri and Saketh Myneni, injured during the Uzbekistan tie, return to Davis Cup squad as veteran Leander Paes is dropped.
Bopanna being the highest-ranked doubles player in the country is automatic choice for the doubles rubber.
Yuki Bhambri had stunned Gael Monfils, the defending champion at Citi Open, earlier.
Bhambri, who had qualified for the main draw of the ATP 500 tournament, took one hour and 51 minutes to register the 6-3 4-6 7-5 upset win over the sixth-seeded Frenchman to enter the round of 16.
India will take on Uzbekistan in the Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania second round for a berth in the World Group Playoffs.
India will take on Uzbekistan in the Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania second round tie that will be held in Bengaluru from April 7 to 9.
Yuki Bhambri, ranked 341 in the world, will face 190th-ranked Agustin Velotti of Argentina in the Zhuhai Challenger quarterfinals.
Senior Pro Leander Paes' place in Indian Davis Cup team will be up for discussion when the AITA Selection Committee meets on Monday to pick the squad for the upcoming Asia/Oceania Zone tie against Uzbekistan.
Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan won their respective matches to notch up straight sets victory to power India to a 2-0 lead against New Zealand on the opening day of the Asia/Oceania Group I Davis Cup tie
The 474-ranked player put up a spirited fight against a far superior Benoit Paire but went down 3-6, 4-6 in one hour and 25 minutes.
Having lost crucial six months last season due to tennis elbow injury, Yuki Bhambri made a good impression early in the season as he literally toyed with Ramkumar Ramanathan, who disappointed with his lacklustre show.
Yuki Bhambri will face compatriot and Davis Cup teammate Ramkumar Ramanathan in the first round of the main draw of the Chennai Open.
Mahesh Bhupathi will take over from Anand Amritraj as India captain after the Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania first round tie against New Zealand in February 2017.
Both Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj and coach Zeeshan Ali's contracts are up for review and the speculation is that All India Tennis Association may not renew the former's contract.