Geelong: Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione gave Australia a winning 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania qualifier against China, beating Zhang Ze and Li Zhe 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in Saturday's doubles.
The match started an hour late due to rain on the grass courts at the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club.
On Friday in singles, Hewitt beat Chinese No. 1 Zhang 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (4) and Bernard Tomic put Australia up 2-0 by beating Wu Di 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-3.
Australia will host the winner of the South Korea-Taiwan series in the next round. South Korea leads 2-0.
The winner will then progress to a losing first-round World Group country in an attempt to return to the elite eight-team competition for 2013.