Hours after completing a 6000km journey from Kobe in Japan to Pune, Ramkumar Ramanathan is back at the practice courts, fine-tuning his game for his last tournament of the season.
Both players were under intense pressure after losing their opening round-robin matches in Group Andre Agassi ahead of the match at London's O2 Arena.
Thiem broke his opponent at the first opportunity in the second set and, with Djokovic's error count climbing, went on to level the match.
The Spanish top seed, who has never won the season-ending event, came into the tournament at London's O2 Arena under an injury cloud and was well short of his imperious best.
Pakistan's top players, Aisam-ul-Haq and Aqeel Khan have also criticised the decision of the ITF to allow a shift in the Davis Cup venue.
Six-time champion Federer was beaten 7-5, 7-5 in the evening match on the opening day after Djokovic had swatted aside debutant Matteo Berrettini in the earlier Group Bjorn Borg contest in London.
AS is the tradition with Indian tennis, off-court controversies are once again hijacking the run-up to an important Davis Cup clash against Pakistan, scheduled for November 29.
Barty has been in scintillating form, thrashing Caroline Garcia 6-0, 6-0 on Saturday after winning the WTA Finals in China last weekend.
Prabhakaran was not keeping well for the last few months, which necessitated regular visits to the hospital in Chennai.
The Spaniard, who has never won the ATP Finals despite his trophy-laden career, dethroned Djokovic from the top of the rankings this week.
Exasperated at AITA's decision to remove him, though he was available for the job at a neutral venue, Bhupathi said it is not acceptable to him that he is being fired for not showing up for duty.
Pakistan had hosted Uzbekistan, Korea, Thailand and Iran in the last two years with only Hong Kong refusing to travel to that country.
Mahesh Bhupathi refused to admit that he has been replaced as captain of India for the Davis Cup tie against Pakistan saying he is available and believes he is 'still captain'.
With captain Bhupathi also pulling out for the same reason, AITA went ahead and named Rohit Rajpal as new captain for the tie at its Executive Committee on Monday in Chandigarh.
Their group clash in London will only be the best of three sets -- Austria's two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem and Italian Matteo Berrettini make up the quartet.