Where: Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei
March 8, 2009 : India’s top tennis singles player Somdev Devvarman beat world number 59 Lu Yen-Hsun from Chinese Taipei in the second round Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I fixture. Devvarman made short work of his opponent, defeating him in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3. The victory took India to the third and final round of the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I competition, defeating Chinese Taipei 3-2.
On Saturday, India had won the doubles match against Chinese Taipei with Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi defeating Yang and Chu-Huan Yi. Devvarman won both the singles matches he played, while teammate Rohan Bopanna lost both his singles matches.
India will now take on Australia, who beat Thailand, and the venue will be Chennai, India. The winner of the tie will enter the World Group play-offs, in which India last made an appearance in 1998.
The Davis Cup is organised by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Teams of players from competing countries play a knock-out format. The world’s 16 best national teams make it to the World Group and compete for the Davis Cup once a year. Countries whose teams are not in the World Group compete in one of three regional zones – Americas, Asia/Oceania, and Europe/Africa.