Davis Cup: India staring at elimination after Italy take 2-0 lead

Davis Cup Preview Novak Djokovic skips action. India host Italy on grass

Davis Cup Preview Novak Djokovic skips action. India host Italy on grass

"When you are playing players, who have so much experience and are used to playing at a level, you have to take your chances".

"We had half-a-chance early there in the first set of the first match and we didn't take it. I'm very happy that he's here with us", said Prajnesh, who will play the second singles tie on Friday against Italy's debutant Mateeo Berrettini.

Competing in his second Davis Cup match, John Millman secured the maiden win with a one-sided 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Damir Dzumhur in an hour and 11 minutes, losing serve twice but dominating on the return against the struggling rival all the time.

In world number 37, Andreas Seppi, Italy also have the most-experienced player.

"No matter which tournament I played, wherever it was, he always gave that advice which was required and for a player to grow".

Bhupathi, who is the non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup team, admitted that his players were under enormous pressure during their tie against Italy while he also added that his players failed to make the most of the opportunities that came their way.

"We did it against China recently [coming back from 2-0 down]".

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Berrettini, who had beaten Prajnesh in the Chengdu ATP a year ago, raced to 15-40 with two big forehands before converting his break point. "We will try and win the doubles, we will try and chip away one by one and see what happens", Bhupathi said. We knew we had a job on hand before the opening day.

For Italy, top-ranked singles player Marco Cecchinato was paired with Simone Bolelli, the 2015 Australian Open victor in the doubles. It will be a lot harder.

The venue has produced some of the epic encounters for India in the history of Davis Cup, including the 3-2 win over Australia to reach the Eastern Final in 1974 but conceded the title to South Africa, protesting the Apartheid regime. "That makes the big difference", Bopanna told reporters when asked how is Bhupathi different to previous captains he has played under.

Berrettini effortlessly made it 5-3, racing through his service games before breaking Prajnesh again in the ninth game to close out the match. I don't think he needs to go out there to wanting to really do it.

The opening set was decided in the very first game when Berrettini grabbed a break, settling into a nice rhythm and rattling off five easy holds for a 6-4.

Berrettini began the second set exactly the way he started the first, breaking Prajnesh to take a 1-0 lead. He wrapped up the match in just 57 minutes.

Senior players Rohan Bopanna and Prajnesh Gunneswaran Thursday backed an extension for non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi, whose contract renewal hinges on the team's performance on the Davis Cup tie against Italy starting Friday.

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