Chandigarh: India won the last two matches of the Davis Cup India/ Oceania tie against New Zealand in Group I here today to complete a 5-0 routing.
India who had earlier taken a 3-0 lead extended the lead after Sanam Singh and Yuki Bhambri won the last two dead rubber against their respective opponents.
Sanam who replaced Vishnu Vardhan in the last singles event of the tie, beat Artem Sitak 6-4, 6-1 in straight sets.
Meanwhile Bhambri had a contrasting victory and showed nerves of steel to come back from behind and clinch a victory to finish a complete rout over New Zealand in the relegation play-off tie here today.
The match which was inconsequential after India took a 3-0 lead, saw Yuki beat Jose Statham 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(5) in two hours and 41 minutes.
After going down in the first, Yuki sprang back and won the set and in the final set he should have wrapped it easily but then erroneous game-play delayed the Yuki’s victory.
After failing to convert a break point in the final set, he opened up a 5-0 lead in the tie-breaker but then he let the Kiwi draw parity. The Delhi lad did go through some tense moments in the tie-breaker but then held on and won the match.
By Indian Sports News Network