Bucharest, Sep 19 (UNI) Prakash Amritraj went down fighting 5-7, 7-5, 2-6, 2-6 to Victor Crivoi as Romania took a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie here today.
Prakash, who was clearly struggling with an injury to his left hamstring, raised the hopes of Indian fans in the second set, battling his way into the match from 3-5 down at one stage to a set all.
Those hopes proved to be a wishful thinking, however, as Crivou broke Amritraj in the fifth game of the third set to sneak a 3-2 lead.
The Indian was playing quite well at the net considering it was a clay court, which is not exactly one of his favourite surfaces.
However, Crivoi was in sublime form and again broke Amritraj in the seventh game to take a formidable 5-2 lead. He then served out the next game to take the set.
The Romanian was on the aggressive early on in the fourth set, breaking Amritraj in the third game.
The set then went with the serve until the seventh when Amritraj hit his return long to hand his rival another break.
Crivoi held his serve in the next game despite a strong rally by Amritraj who was up 40-15 at one stage to emerge victorious.
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