Davis Cup: Misra says India have 50-50 chance

March 6th, 2009 - 8:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Kaohsiung(Chinese Taipei), March 6 (IANS) Indian Davis Cup non-playing captain S. P. Misra said India have a 50-50 chance of winning their Asia-Oceania Group I tie against Chinese Taipei after sharing the opening day’s singles here Friday.
Somdev Devvarman defeated Ti Chen and Lu Yen-Hsun neutralised the advantage by beating Rohan Bopanna. Both won in straight sets.

Misra is confident that Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi will beat Tsung-Hua Yang and Chu-Huan Yi in the doubles Saturday and that leaves India to win one of the reverse singles matches Sunday.

“The second day’s doubles will be crucial for us. Leander and Mahesh combine beautifully and we are confident that they will give us the lead. Even a lead on the second day will be vital for us,” Misra told IANS from Kaohsiung.

“I would give us a 50-50 chance. They have home advantage and also a top-100 player in Lu. But we will fight it out.”

Misra was pleased with Somdev’s performance and said the 24-year-old played wonderfully well to give India the lead.

“Somdev played very well to open his account in the Davis Cup. He beat Ti Chen comfortably. He will be playing reverse singles against Lu and Somdev’s strong point is that he is not scared of playing against better-rated players. If he could win the first set, Lu will find the going tough,” he said.

However, Misra felt that Bopanna squandered a lot of opportunities against Lu.

“Rohan played very well in the first set, but he missed a lot of chances which proved expensive. As Lu grew in confidence he was too good with his ground strokes and did not give Rohan any more chances,” he said.

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