India take 2-1 lead over Japan

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

India took a 2-1 lead over Japan in their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I clash.

Osaka:

Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi defeated Thomas Shimada and Takahiro Terachi in the doubles rubber today as India took a 2-1 lead over Japan in their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I clash. Paes and Bhupathi outplayed the Japanese pair on their way to a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 victory at Utsubo Tennis Center to go ahead of Japan in the second round tie. The two nations split the singles matches yesterday and will play reverse singles matches tomorrow. The winner will advance to September's playoff ties for the World Group. In today's doubles, Paes and Bhupathi took control early. India broke serve in the first set to go up 3-1 before winning the next three games. Japan desperately tried to get back in the match. India took a 4-1 lead in the second set but Shimada and Terachi battled back to win the next five games. India also took a commanding 3-0 lead in the final set, but Japan fought back to make it 5-5. Paes and Bhupathi held serve to go up 6-5 and then broke serve to close out the victory in 2 hours and 9 minutes. (AP)

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