14 Sep 2013

NZ up 2-0 in Davis Cup promotion match

9:58 am on 14 September 2013

New Zealand leads its Davis Cup tie against the Philippines 2-0 after day one of the Asia/Oceania Group 2 promotion clash in Lapu-Lapu City.

First the national No.2 Michael Venus defeated Philippines No.1 Ruben Gonzales in five sets on the clay courts, 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-0.

Then New Zealand No.1 Rubin Statham overcame severe body cramp to beat his opponent Johnny Arcilla in straight sets 6-4 6-2 6-4.

The winner of the tie will gain promotion to Asia/Oceania Group I alongside nations such as Australia, Japan and India.