Jiri Vesely beat Yuki Bhambri in the first reverse singles of the day at the RK Khanna Stadium, New Delhi a just couple of hours ago. Both the team agreed not play the second reverse singles due to hot weather conditions and the Czech Republic registered their Davis Cup victory.
Right from go Yuki tried for long rallies of 15-20. Czech player held his serve after 2 deuces in the first game. Yuki committed many unforced errors. The fourth and 6th points of 2nd game saw long rallies calmed by Yuki through a clean winner and enforcing errors respectively and held his serve. The third game was a sea-saw battle of points finally won by Vesely with a good forehand shot. By now Yuki had forgotten the need to play long rallies and in the process his service was broken to give Czech 3-1 lead. Vesely held his service for a 4-1 lead. Yuki produced an ace and soon double faulted but held his service to 4-2. Then Vesely held his service to give Czech a 5-2 lead. Yuki held his service to reduce the gap 3-5. Finally, Vesely held the eighth service to take first set 6-3.
The second set saw a better-balanced game from Yuki. Both of them threatened to break the service of other twice at least but went to hold respective services till 5-5. The 8th game saw Vesely come back from 15-40 down to deuce and then Yuki taking advantage, followed by another deuce and Vesely holding hi service saving 3 break points. Yuki won the 9th game comfortably and so did Vesely held his fifth serve. Czech broke the sixth service of Yuki to take a lead of 6-5. Starting with a double fault, Vesely raced 30-15 and 40-30 due to two unforced errors by Yuki (25& 26th of the match) and won the set at 7-5.
The third set started with Vesely breaking the first service of Yuki and then holding his service with some struggle. He played so well that he led 40-0 in the Third game and finally broke Yuki’s second service in succession and his held his own serve though with some struggle to lead the set 4-0. Then Yuki held his serve comfortably to reduce the gap to 4-1. Wild shots from Yuki after being 30-30 helped Vesely to hold his serve and lead 5-1. Yuki did hold his fourth serve to reduce the gap to 2-5. Vesely his fourth serve comfortably, though Yuki saved 2 game points to win the game, set, match and the Tie for the Czech Republic and thus making the last reverse singles match of no consequence.
Both the team agreed not play the second reverse singles due to hot weather conditions and the Czech Republic registered their Davis Cup victory. With this Czech Republic entered into elite 16 nation Davis Cup.