Davis Cup: India’s poor start, Prajnesh lost to a lower ranked player

Esp. India has lost 0-2 against Finland in the Davis Cup World Group I match. Prajnesh Gunneswaran had to face defeat from a lower ranked player than him. At the same time, Ramkumar Ramathan also got defeated in the second match of the day. Prajnesh, ranked 165th in the world rankings, lost 3-6, 6-7 to a much lower ranked player Otto Wirtanen (ranked 419th) in a match that lasted one hour and 25 minutes.

On the other hand, Ramkumar Ramanathan lost to Finnish number one Emil Rusuvuori 4-6, 5-7. Rusuvuori is ranked 74th in the world rankings. Now Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan need to win the doubles match.

Service lost in the sixth game
Prajnesh initially saved two break points in the first set, but lost serve in the sixth game and fell behind. Virtanen’s double fault in the next game gave the Indian player a chance but he could not capitalize on it. Wirtanen won the set in the 9th game without any trouble. Wirtanen continued to put pressure on the Indian player with home support. Prajnesh was initially in danger of losing the serve in the second set, but he managed to retain it in the third game.

Prajnesh could not capitalize on the opportunity
Prajnesh struggled to draw 4-4, but in the 9th game, he fell 0-40 by double fault. He saved 5 break points and eventually earned points from the game with a draw shot. The Indian served in the 11th game and needed to outdo his opponent. He also got a little chance, but Virtanen accumulated the ace at the break point. Both reached the tie breaker in which Prajnesh went down 0-3 to reach 1-5. Prajnesh could not return the service shot taking angle in the end, which earned the home player a match point which he won the match with an easy winner.

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