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08 April 2012

Asia/Oceania Zone Group II: Sunday


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Dwi Ari SetyadiChristopher Rungkat (INA)

Indonesia concluded a thrilling round of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Asia/Oceania Zone Group II matches with a dramatic victory over Thailand. Having started the day with a 2-1 deficit, the Indonesian players needed to win both rubbers today, and they did.

Christopher Rungkat got the Indonesians off to a flyer as he beat Danai Udomchoke in an exciting 5-setter 63 62 06 46 61 to ensure that the match would go to the fifth and final rubber. This was an outstanding victory for Rungkat against a man ranked more than 200 places higher than him. And it proved to be a catalyst for fellow countryman Wisnu Adi Nugroho as he beat Kittiphong Wachiramanowong in straight sets 76(6) 64 62 to set up a playoff clash with the Philippines.

The Philippines had already booked their place in the playoff after their 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan but will have to be wary of an Indonesia side that has proved that they have a lot of fight inside them.

At the other end of the group, there was disappointment for Pacific Oceania, as they lost 4-1 to Lebanon, and Hong Kong, who went down 3-2 to Sri Lanka, and therefore will be relegated to Asia/Oceania Zone Group III for next year's matches.

With Sri Lanka leading 2-1 coming into the final day, the fourth rubber was crucial. And the match lived up to all expectations as Jonathan Chu of Hong Kong took on Sri Lankan Harshana Godamanna. The first set went to a tie-break with the Sri Lankan eventually taking it 13-11. But Chu fought back and levelled the match at 1-1 but then fell behind again, losing the third set 6-0. Many people thought that would be game over for Hong Kong but Chu fought back again and levelled, forcing the rubber to a deciding fifth set. However, he could not quite pull off the result the home crowd were desperate for and the Sri Lankan Godamanna took the final set 6-3, ensuring that Sri Lanka would remain in Group II for another year.

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