Delhi Dreams will be keen to capitalise on their good start to the tournament when they take on Mumbai Tennis Masters in the second tie on Day 2 of the inaugural edition of the Champions Tennis League (CTL) at the RK Khanna Tennis Sports Complex in the capital on Tuesday.
Delhi kicked off the competition on a positive note, beating Punjab Marshalls 25-19 at home on Monday, thanks to dominating performances from both Kevin Anderson and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the men's singles and the legends categories respectively.
Mumbai, meanwhile, are one the weakest looking teams on paper in this inaugural season of CTL, and will be heavily dependent on the performances of Tommy Robredo in the three categories he will feature in.
Delhi saw off the challenge from Leander Paes to come away with victory against Punjab on Day 1. Paes, a late replacement for the injured David Ferrer, won both the doubles matches in which he featured for the Marshalls.
The veteran Indian teamed up with Garbine Muguruza in the mixed doubles to defeat Delhi's Kevin Anderson and Jelena Jankovic 6-3, while he partnered compatriot Somdev Devvarman in the men's doubles to get the better of Anderson and Sanam Singh 6-4.
Meanwhile, in the women's singles, world no.15 Jankovic had to dig deep and use all her experience to beat Punjab's Muruguza 6-5 (3) in the tournament's first tie-breaker.
However, it was the comprehensive wins in the legends and men's singles categories which gave Delhi the flattering 25-19 win over Punjab. Ferrero beat fellow legend Greg Rusedski 6-1, while Anderson defeated Devvarman with the same scoreline as well.
With yet another home fixture, Delhi have the momentum. Mumbai know what they are up against. The visitors will be hoping for some good shows from Robredo in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles categories in order to stop Delhi from running away with it.
Where to Watch Live
Delhi vs Mumbai will start at 8pm IST (9.30am EST, 2.30pm GMT) with Sony Six and Sony Six HD providing live coverage in India. The viewers can also catch the rubber live online on LivSports. US viewers can watch the tie live on Tennis Channel on TV or online on their website.
Delhi vs Mumbai Matches
1) Legends - Juan Carlos Ferrero vs Sergi Bruguera
2) Mixed Doubles - Kevin Anderson/Jelena Jankovic vs Tommy Robredo/Alize Cornet
3) Women's Singles - Jelena Jankovic vs Alize Cornet
4) Men's Doubles - Kevin Anderson/Sanam Singh vs Tommy Robredo/Sriram Balaji
5) Men's Singles - Kevin Anderson vs Tommy Robredo
CTL will have 13 fixtures played over a 10-day period, between 17 and 26 November. The six teams have been divided into two groups. Each team will play the other two teams in both home and away fixtures.
Each fixture carries one-set matches in five categories - legends, men's singles and doubles, women's singles and mixed doubles.
In each match, the first player to reach six games is declared the winner (even without a two-point advantage), while a nine-point tie-breaker will come into play if the score is 5-5.
In each fixture, the team that wins the most games - not the sets - wins the tie. The two teams which win the highest number of games win in their respective groups will play each in the final.