Davis cup: India lead New Zealand 2-1

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi beat Mark Neilsen and Matt Prentice to give India a 2-1 lead in its Davis Cup first round tennis tie with New Zealand.

Davis cup: India lead New Zealand 2-1

Invercargill:

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi beat Mark Neilsen and Matt Prentice 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) today to give India a 2-1 lead in its Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group 1 first round tennis tie with New Zealand. The former world No. 1 doubles pair outclassed New Zealand's untried combination and continued the trend of the match in which all matches have been won in straight sets. Earlier, New Zealand's Simon Rea beat Harsh Mankad in the opening singles Friday while Paes beat Nielsen to leave the match balanced after the first day. The slick, almost instinctive combination between Paes and Bhupathi was too much for Nielsen and Prentice, who was making his Cup doubles debut. Bhupathi is ranked fourth in the world in doubles and Paes 13th. Nielsen had a chance to force the match to a fourth set when he served at 4-3 in the tiebreaker but he dropped both points to allow the Indians a 5-4 advantage. Paes decided the set with two slick points, including a crisp, unplayable volley at match point. The reverse singles will be played Sunday. The winner of the match will play either Japan or Indonesia in the second round in April. (AP)



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