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India take 2-0 lead over Pakistan in Davis Cup

Last Davis Cup tie between the two countries was played in Kazakhstan in 2019
India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan (L) greets Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (R) after winning the singles tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group-1 play-off between Pakistan and India, in Islamabad on February 3, 2024. AFP
India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan (L) greets Pakistan’s Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (R) after winning the singles tennis match of the Davis Cup World Group-1 play-off between Pakistan and India, in Islamabad on February 3, 2024. AFP

India won both Davis Cup singles matches against Pakistan in Islamabad on Saturday, dominating the first matches between the arch-rivals in Pakistan for 60 years.

India were forced to send a squad to Pakistan for the first time since 1964 after the International Tennis Federation rejected their request to shift the tie to a neutral venue on security grounds.

The last Davis Cup tie between the two countries was played in Kazakhstan in 2019, with India enjoying a 7-0 record against Pakistan in all Davis Cup ties.

Sports matches between Pakistan and India are rare, because of decades of hostility.

In the Group 1 play-off first-round tie, India’s singles expert Ramkumar Ramanathan beat Pakistan’s veteran Aisamul Haq Qureshi 6-7, 7-6, 6-0 in two hours.

Qureshi, 43, injured his hamstring in the second set and could not put up a fight in the third.

India’s Sriram Balaji had the better of Aqeel Khan by 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes.

The doubles and reverse singles will be played on Sunday.

Result: Ramkumar Ramanathan (India) beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) 6-7, 7-6, 6-0 Sriram Balaji (India) beat Aqeel Khan 7-5, 6-3

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