Manila Mavericks got an early lead with Mark Philippoussis winning against UAE Royals' Goran Ivanisevic 6-3.
Royals reduced the margin in the next match, with Marin Cilic prevailing over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-5 after a shootout. (Indian fans who went to watch Federer feel 'cheated')
The match was evenly contested, but Cilic kept his nerve to eke out the narrow win in the shootout. Mavericks then extended their lead, winning the men's doubles match 6-5 after a shootout.
Royals fielded World No.1 Novak Djokovic alongside doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic to put pressure on the Mavericks' duo of Daniel Nestor and Tsonga. (Federer delights Delhi fans)
The pair was on the backfoot initially, trailing 3-5, but fought valiantly to square the contest at 5-5. But they couldn't maintain that momentum in the shootout.
Mavericks' mixed doubles duo of Nestor and Kirsten Flipkens totally outplayed Zimonjic-Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 to give team a comfortable lead of seven games (23-16) going into the last match of the tie where Caroline Wozniacki took on Flipkens.
Wozniacki went ahead 2-0 and after a brief fightback by Flipkens won 8-4 but it wasn't enough to win the tie.