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02 February 2013

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I: Saturday


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Dennis MuthuthanthriAqeel Khan and Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

Australia defeated Chinese Taipei 2-1

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

Evergreen Australian Davis Cup lynchpin Lleyton Hewitt proved to be his nation's talisman once more when he and Chris Guccione defeated Hsin-Han Lee and Hsien-Yin Peng 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-2 to give the visitors an insurmountable 3-0 lead.

Hewitt and Matthew Ebden had already put Australia in a strong position to win the tie with emphatic singles wins on the first day, which put the pressure on Chinese Tapei heading into the doubles.

The doubles victory maintained Hewitt and Guccione's unbeaten record as a team in Davis Cup and kept alive Australia's hopes of gaining promotion to the Davis Cup World Group this year. The team, the top seed in this group, will face Uzbekistan away in April and, if successful then, will go into September's World Group play-offs. Last year Australia progressed through Asia/Oceania Zone Group I before falling to Germany in the play-offs.

Uzbekistan defeated China, P.R. 3-0

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

Uzbekistan has set up a second round tie against Australia at home after defeating China with a day to spare in Namangan. After Farrukh Dustov and Denis Istomin had both battled to five-set wins on the opening day, the pair combined to see of Gong Max-Xin and Zhang Ze 63 76(4) 63 in Saturday's doubles.

Uzbekistan is looking to reach the World Group play-offs for the second successive year, having fallen to Kazakhstan at that stage in 2012.

Korea, Rep. leads India 2-1

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

Veteran Leander Paes has kept India in the hunt after the second day of their tie against Korea in New Delhi. The 39-year-old teamed up with Purav Raja for a vital 64 76(5) 62 doubles victory over Lim Yong-Kyu and Nam Ji Sung.

The pressure is now on Indian debutants Ranjeet Virali-Murugesan and Vijayant Malik in Sunday's reverse singles. The pair both suffered straight sets defeats to their Korean opponents on the opening day.

Japan defeated Indonesia 3-0

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

Japan proved too strong from Indonesia, taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead over the visitors when Tatsuma Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama came from two sets to one down to overcome a determined doubles challenge from Christopher Rungkat and Elbert Sie.

Ito and Uchiyama needed nearly three hours to eke out a 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2 win and secure the vital third point needed to keep alive Japan's hopes of returning to the World Group this season.

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