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NZ doubles win keeps Davis Cup hopes alive

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/02/2017

AP Photo © ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Photo A hard-fought doubles win from Michael Venus and Artem Sitak has kept New Zealand's Davis Cup hops alive in their Asia-Oceania group one clash against India.

The Kiwi pair battled back from a slow start to beat Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan 3-6 7-6(8-6) 6-3 in Pune.

India lead the tie 2-1 going into the reverse singles, after Finn Tearney and Rubin Statham both lost their singles matches in straight sets on Saturday (NZT).

New Zealand captain Alistair Hunt says Venus and Sitak impressed in front of a raucous home crowd.

"They played a great match today in front of a big noisy crowd, probably a couple of thousand people with a lot of pressure on the boys," he said.

"It took a set to settle down, the crowd was just so vocal. Leander was trying to set the record for the most Davis Cup wins ever, and the crowd were going bananas.'

Hunt is keen to stick with Tearney and Statham for the decisive reverse singles matches.

"Hopefully the guys are going to learn from Friday and get the inspiration after watching the win today."

Ranked 414 in the world,Tearney will open against No.276 Ramkumar Ramanathan before Statham (417) takes on 368th-ranked Yuki Bhambri.

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