World No. 9 Holger Rune put Denmark ahead 1-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Yuki Bhambri in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tennis tie at the Royal Stage, Hillerod, on Friday.
One of the fastest rising stars of world tennis, the 19-year-old Rune entertained the packed gathering with a high-quality fare, serving and volleying with aplomb, and firing winners from the back court with assurance.
It was a commendable effort by the 30-year-old Yuki, who had played a significant part in helping India beat Denmark last year on grass at the Delhi Gymkhana, to engage Rune for about an hour.
The indoor hard court was understandably to the liking of the home team, and Rune appreciated the audience for a “fantastic atmosphere”. He did not face a single breakpoint in the match and was very fluent with his game.
It was a tactical move by India, as captain Rohit Rajpal had explained, to put Sumit Nagal against the No.2 player of Denmark, August Holmgren on the opening day to fight for a 1-1 score and keep India’s hopes alive in the tie.
Thus the better-ranked players Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan were not fielded on the first day. The idea was also to preserve them for a chance to play the crucial fifth rubber on the second day, which would start with the doubles before the reverse singles.
- NBA roundup: Hornets work overtime to beat Celtics, Milwaukee downs Washington
- ODI World Cup 2023 sets record for most attended ICC event with 1.25 million spectators
- Hockey India names 34-member core probable group for National women’s coaching camp
- World Wushu Championship 2023: Roshibina Devi wins silver
- Sportstar’s ICC ODI World Cup 2023 team of the tournament: Rohit, Kohli, Shami, Maxwell among stars in XI