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Somdev wins, Bopanna loses; India 1-1 against Chinese Taipei
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Kaohsiung (Chinese Taipei), Mar 6 (PTI) Somdev Devvarman recorded his first Davis Cup win to keep India afloat in the second round tie against Chinese Taipei as both the teams were locked 1-1 on the opening day of the Asia/Oceania Zone Group I tie here today.

Somdev overcame a fighting but erratic Ti Chen in the first singles 7-5 6-4 6-4 to put India ahead but Yen-Hsun Lu brought the hosts back into the tie after defeating Rohan Bopanna 7-6 (2) 6-2 6-2 in the second singles.

Now tomorrow's doubles rubber could prove decisive as whoever wins would have an advantage on Sunday when players will take the court for reverse singles.

India can count on its seasoned doubles pair -- Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi -- for a favourable result as they will take on the home combo of Tsung-Hua Yang and Chu-Huan Yi at Yang Ming tennis centre.

India and Chinese Taipei are playing for the first time in the tournament.

Somdev gave India a good start by winning the opening singles but it was not a convincing victory.

The fighting spirit with which he outshone the big wigs of the ATP tour at Chennai Open was missing.

Bopanna, on the other hand, fought valiantly initially against world number 59 Lu but ran out of steam once he lost the opening set in the tie-breaker. PTI

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