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01 February 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I: Friday


Photo: JTAGo Soeda (JPN)

Chinese Taipei v Australia

- Venue: Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts
- Location: Kaohsiung City, Chinese Taipei
- Surface: Outdoor Hard

Chinese Tapei must win in Saturday's doubles to avoid crushing defeat after Australia ran out to a 2-0 lead with wins in both Friday's singles rubbers. Matthew Ebden picked up his team's second point of the day with a 63 64 75 win over Ti Chen, rewarding Australian captain Patrick Rafter's decision to pick him for singles over team-mate Marinko Matosevic.

Lleyton Hewitt had earlier delivered an efficient 64 64 64 win over Tsung-Hua Yang, which marked the Australian's 39th singles win in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas play.

Hewitt needed all of his experience to overcome Yang and the home crowd and give Rafter and the small but noisy contingent of travelling fans reason to cheer. In hot, humid conditions, it was Yang to appeared to struggle more physically and he needed treatment after the second set for what appeared to be a back issue. Hewitt, who turns 32 later this month, showed few signs of the foot problems which dogged him for much of the 2012 season.

Rafter has hinted that he may also change the Australian line-up for Sunday's reverse singles if needed. Hewitt has been nominated to play in Saturday's doubles alongside Chris Guccione against Chinese Tapei's Hsin-Han Lee and Hsien-Yin Peng.

Uzbekistan v China, P.R.

- Venue: Sport Complex Pahlavon
- Location: Namangan, Uzbekistan
- Surface: Indoor Clay

India v Korea, Rep.

- Venue: R. K. Khanna Tennis Stadium
- Location: New Delhi, India
- Surface: Outdoor Hard

India sustained an early blow to its hopes of defeating Korea in Delhi when Min-Hyeok Cho demolished Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan 60 61 60 in Friday's opening singles rubber.

The second match was not much better for this new-look India side as Vijayant Malik was forced to retire due to cramping when 64 75 3-0 down to Suk-Young Jeong.

India is fielding a weakened team for this tie, due to a combination of injuries and player disputes, and must be rated as underdogs against an experienced Korean side on the mid-paced hardcourts of the R.K Khanna Tennis Stadium.

India's veteran doubles star Leander Paes will be action in Saturday's doubles alongside Purav Raja when they take on Ji-Sung Nam and Yong-Kyu Lim. Paes will know that it is going to take something special for India to win this tie now, but that it could all start with a doubles win on Saturday.

Japan v Indonesia

- Venue: Ariake Coliseum,
- Location: Tokyo, Japan
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Japan leads Indonesia 2-0 after emphatic wins for Tatsuma Ito and Go Soeda on day one in Tokyo.

Ito notched up an impresive 62 62 64 victory over Indonesia's No.1 Christopher Rungkat before Soeda dispatched Wisnu-Adi Nugroho 60 60 61 for the loss of just one game.

Friday's wins reinforce Japan's status as heavy favourites in this first round tie. Both Ito (ranked 84) and Soeda (ranked 67) are comfortably inside the ATP World Tour Top 100, while Rungkat (ranked 252) is the only Indonesian player with a ranking inside 800.

Ito will join forces with Yatsutaka Uchiyama against Indonesia's Ketut-Nesa Arta and Elbert Sie in Saturday's doubles, which could decide Indonesia's fate. Defeat in that match would condemn the visitors to a play-off in April, where Indonesia would have to fend off the threat of relegation to Asia/Oceania Zone Group II.

Japan, which is without its star player Kei Nishikori for this tie, returned to Asia/Oceania Group I last September after a season in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group.

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TPE Flag Chinese Taipei v Australia AUS Flag 1 Feb 2013 - 3 Feb 2013 View details

UZB Flag Uzbekistan v China, P.R. CHN Flag 1 Feb 2013 - 3 Feb 2013 View details

IND Flag India v Korea, Rep. KOR Flag 1 Feb 2013 - 3 Feb 2013 View details

JPN Flag Japan v Indonesia INA Flag 1 Feb 2013 - 3 Feb 2013 View details

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    • Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA)Go Soeda (JPN) and Wisnu Adi Nugroho (INA)
    • Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)



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