- Tag results for Davis Cup
Nadal, who has played in four Davis Cup winning campaigns, has said he intends to take part in the new-look week-long event on home ground in Madrid from November 18-24.
Even if the result in itself was disappointing, captain Mahesh Bhupathi expressed hope for a better tomorrow.
Tennis Australia accused Bernard Tomic of 'deliberately damaging' Davis Cup team and withdrew their support.
Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan helped India avoid a whitewash but Andreas Seppi guided Italy into the finals.
Wins for Andreas Seppi and Matteo Berrettini meant that Rohan Bopanna/ Divij Sharan are in a must-win game on Saturday.
India's non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi said he is not surprised to see Ramkumar taking on Seppi in the opening singles.
Against a team which leads 4-1 on head-to-head record, India have returned to their favourite Calcutta South Club (CSC) grass courts after 16 years.
Leander Paes has been sidelined since India's 3-2 win in China at the Asia/Oceania second round in April last year.
The 119-year-old Davis Cup competition is currently structured around a 16-nation World Group, contested over four weekends during the year.
The tie will be hosted on grass court of Calcutta South Club on February 1 and 2.
The combustible Bernard Tomic unloaded on the Australian Davis Cup captain and two-time Grand Slam champion after being bundled out of Melbourne Park at the first hurdle late Monday.
As it turns out, ITF hasn’t consulted players before ratifying the format after a vote had okayed the change.
Prajnesh also said being the No.1 player or the No. 2 in the team does not matter much once he steps on the court.
Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the highest ranked Indian just outside the top-100 at 104, followed by Ramkumar Ramanathan at 133 and Yuki Bhambri at 137.
The victory gives Croatia some revenge for their football team's defeat by France in the World Cup final in July.