Czech Republic's future in the top group of the Davis Cup remains uncertain after world number 42 Jiri Vesely suffered a unexpected straight sets loss. Vesley face Somdev Devvarman in the second match of the tie where he suffered the surprise 7-6 (3), 6-4,6-3, defeat to the delight of the home crowd in India.
During the match Vesley has opportunities but failed to take advantage of them. At the start of the match he had four chances to break Devvarman’s serve but failed to convert any of them. He also had an early lead during the second set as he broke to move 2-0 ahead.
The lead however vanished as the 30-year-old broke back before taking a two sets lead. Vesley then began to unravel further in the third set as the world number 164 surged to the crucial victory. Vesely has endured a mixed 2015 with a current 2015 win-loss of 24-24.
He claimed his maiden ATP title at the start of the year in Auckland as well as winning another Challenger title in Prostejov. In Contrast 30-year-old Davvarman is yet to win an ATP title but has claimed two Challenger titles this year in New Delhi and Winnetka.
Devvarman’s triump leaves the tie at 1-1 after Lukas Rosol 6-2, 6-1, 7-5, victory over Yuki Bhambri in the first match of the tie. Rosol spent just under two hours on the court as he dropped his service once throughout the match.
He also fired 50 winners compared to Bhambri’s 21. The Czech Republic claimed back-to-back Davis Cup titles in 2012 and 2013. If they lose to India it will be the first they have been relegated from the top tier of the tournament since 2006.