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NZ beat Korea in key Davis Cup doubles

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/04/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

New Zealand are in the box seat to win their Davis Cup tie against South Korea after Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak won the pivotal doubles match in Auckland.

The hosts lead the Asia-Oceania group one tie 2-1 after world ranked doubles specialists Daniell and Sitak ground out a 6-2 4-6 6-4 7-6 win over Hong Chung and Jea Moon Lee.

New Zealand will secure the tie if victorious in one of the reverse singles matches on Sunday.

Veteran Rubin Statham is likely to face Soon Woo Kwon in a clash of the two winners on Friday while Michael Venus is poised to meet Seong Chan Hong.

The doubles clash was an intense affair which lasted nearly three hours.

Daniell and Sitak created significantly more break points - 14 to 6 - but they could only convert five of them.

They also failed to convert match points earlier in the fourth set but held their nerve to win the tiebreak 7-4.

New Zealand haven't lost a Davis Cup doubles match since 2013 but Daniell admits they were below their best.

"Both Artem and I know we can better than that, although the Korean guys played well and came at us," he said.

"Now we'll be yelling ourselves hoarse in the final day."

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