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Hockey, Tennis and Golf
India will again be dependent on Leander Paes, captain of the Indian squad, and who time and time again has lifted his game and with it his country’s fortune.
"We have been doing well after victories over China and Uzbekistan but to win against Sweden we will have to raise our game now" Leander Paes has said.
has repeatedly raised his game to earn memorable wins in singles
and along with his frequent doubles partner Mahesh Bhupati also ensured
that the doubles tie has almost always been won.Paes is the most
successful Davis cup player for India and has 74 wins in the Davis
Cup Championships over 15 years. Paes is tied fourth on an all time
list with Brazilian Tomas Koch.
With Bhupati he forged a deadly combination earning top ranking as they made the finals of all four grand slams in 1999 winning the coveted All England Championships at Wimbledon and the French Open.
they do not play together on the circuit they do so in Davis Cup
and are keen on bringing the youngsters like Mankad and Prakash Amritraj
son of Vijay Amritraj; ensuring that the young pair get the exposure
There are 13 Indians playing but the day belonged to the Chinese player Zheng Wen-gen who shared the lead with Australian Marcus Both with ascore of 65, six under par.
In his round Johl scored five birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey. Uttam Singh Mundy had a steadier round with three birdies and two bogeys for his round of 69.