Croatia take 2-1 lead over Japan in Davis Cup

Updated: 11 February 2012 14:35 IST

Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Dodig beat Tatsuma Ito and Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over Japan in their first-round Davis Cup World Group series.

Hyogo:

Ivo Karlovic and Ivan Dodig beat Tatsuma Ito and Yuichi Sugita 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over Japan in their first-round Davis Cup World Group series.

As in Friday's singles win over Kei Nishikori, Karlovic made the most of his powerful serve, combining with Dodig for 24 aces in a match that lasted 2 hours, 50 minutes.

Japan is returning to the World Group for the first time in 26 years after beating India 4-1 in a regional playoff in September. Croatia is seventh in the Davis Cup rankings, 10 places ahead of Japan.

Dodig is scheduled to play Nishikori in Sunday's reverse singles while Karlovic will face Go Soeda.

Topics : Tennis Yuichi Sugita Ivo Karlovic Tatsuma Ito Ivan Dodig
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