The new Indian tennis wonders, Somdev Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna, defeated their higher-ranked rivals in a do-or-die situation and led India to its first ever win in a Davis Cup tie from a 0-2 deficit.
Earlier on Friday, Sep 17, Somdev and Bopanna were defeated by the Brazilian players and the visitors took a 2-0 lead. Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi had brought India back in the tie by beating Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in the doubles rubber on Saturday.
On Sunday, Chennai SDAT Stadium witnessed a dramatic come back by the Indian players. Somdev defeated Thomaz Bellucci, ranked 27 in the world, 7-6 (3) 4-0 and Rohan Bopanna beat Ricardo Mello 6-3, 7-6(2), 6-3 in the second reverse singles.
The 479th-ranked Bopanna won the rubber without dropping his serve as he saved two set-points in the 10th game of the second set, which he won in a tie-breaker.
India were forced into the play-offs after losing to Russia 2-3 in the World Group first round in Moscow in Mar 2010.