6 Mar 2011

No joy for NZ in Davis Cup tie

5:43 am on 6 March 2011

Uzbekistan have sealed victory in their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania tie against New Zealand after a straight sets win in the doubles rubber in Namangan.

The higher ranked Uzbekistan pairing of Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov beat Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell 7-5 6-3 6-4.

Uzbekistan now advances to the second round of Group One while New Zealand will play the losers between Japan and Philippines, with Japan currently leading 2-0 after day one.

The reverse singles dead rubber will be played Sunday evening.