Indian Aces suffered a 20-27 defeat at the hands of a determined Japan Warriors in the crucial Singapore leg but continue to sit on top of the points table of the IPTL, in Singapore on Wednesday.
In the opening match of the tie, Mark Philippousis lost the closely fought legend singles 5-6 to Fernando González.
Another defeat was in store for Indian Aces with Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna losing 4-6 to Jelena Jankovic and Jean-Julien Rojer in the mixed doubles.
Japan Warriors took one more step forward towards victory by sealing the women's singles as Jelena Jankovioc got the better of Kirsten Flipkens 6-4.
Finally, Indian Aces tasted win when Ivan Dodig and Feliciano López scored an easy 6-3 win over Jean-Julien Rojer and Fernando Verdasco in the men's doubles.
Verdasco, though, got the decisive set and the match for the Warriors in another Spanish derby against his friend López, who took a crucial game to get a bonus point for the Indian Aces.
In the other match, Singapore Slammers beat UAE Royals 30-18.
Image: Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna of the Indian Aces
Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for IPTL