Three cheers for Pakistan’s Davis Cup team
Who would’ve thought that Pakistan’s Davis Cup team would come *this* close to knocking out India in their Oceania Group encounter. On the first day, both teams shared the spoils as Aisam won and Aqeel lost their matches in the singles. The second day saw a professional performance by the experienced and grand slam winning doubles pair of Peas and Bhupati. In the reverse singles on the third and final day, Aisam won his match to tie the rubber at 2-2. It was all upto Aqeel Khan, Pakistan’s number 1, to do the near impossible. He dropped the first two sets to Leander Peas but came back strongly, beating him 6-3 and 6-0 in the third and fourth sets, respectively. The final set saw the experience of the 33 year old Peas outclass Aqeel Khan and he won 6-1 to take India through to the next stage.
But what the Pakistan team achieved in Mumbai was very unexpected and they deserve a big round of applause for coming this close to beating a very mature and experienced Indian tennis team.