Bopanna was very emotional and took off his Indian team shirt on the court itself, which ended his Davis Cup career. He played 33 matches in his career, out of which he won 23 matches. These also include 13 doubles matches.
Lucknow. Rohan Bopanna ended his Davis Cup career on a high note with a comfortable straight-set win over Yuki Bhambri in the men’s doubles here on Sunday, giving India a 2-1 lead in their World Group 2 clash against Morocco. The 43-year-old Bopanna and Bhambri, playing their 33rd and final match in the Davis Cup, defeated Morocco’s Elliot Benchetrit and Younes Lalami Laroussi 6-2, 6-1 in a match that lasted one hour and 11 minutes. Now if Sumit Nagal defeats Yasin Dalimi then India will win this match.
Bopanna was very emotional and took off his Indian team shirt on the court itself, which ended his Davis Cup career. He played 33 matches in his career, out of which he won 23 matches. These also include 13 doubles matches. About 50 family members and friends of Bopanna had also come to watch this match. He expressed his gratitude to his fans. The picture of the player waving the tricolor was printed on the T-shirts worn by Bopanna’s family and friends.
Younis could not hold his serve even once in the entire match while the Indian team faced break point only once when Bhambri was serving. The Indian team had also saved this break point. The Indian team took the initial lead by breaking Younis’s service. When the score was 30-15, Younis played the ball into the net on Bhambri’s bank hand return. After this, Bhambri achieved the first break point by hitting a volley winner. Benchetrit took a shot on Bhambri’s return but it went wide, giving India a 3-1 lead. Bopanna saved his serve in the next game and made the score 4-1.
After this the Indian pair again targeted Younis and broke his service easily. India won the first set in 34 minutes. Bopanna also showed excellent service in the second set but in the third game, Morocco got a break point on Bhambri’s serve. However, the Indian team was successful in saving it. Younis made the score 40-0 on his serve in the fourth game but after that he lost control over his serve. Apart from the double fault, he also made unnecessary mistakes and lost his serve. India won this set and the match on Bhambri’s serve.
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