5 Feb 2017

Reverse singles to decide Davis Cup tie

1:32 pm on 5 February 2017

New Zealand's Davis Cup tie with India will move into a third day after Michael Venus and Artem Sitak won the doubles.

Michael Venus and Artem Sitak.

Michael Venus and Artem Sitak. Photo: Photosport

The doubles pair kept New Zealand's hopes alive in their Asia/Oceania group one clash in Pune to take the overall score to 2-1 to the home side.

The pair dropped the first set 3-6 but then came back strongly to defeat Indian tennis legend Leander Paes and Vishnu Vardhan 6-3 7-6 6-3.

Paes was trying to set the record for the most Davis Cup wins ever which whipped up the crowd according New Zealand captain Alistair Hunt.

"They [Venus and Sitak] 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.

"The crowd was just so vocal with noise between serves...the crowd were going bananas so great to get the win," said Hunt.

Hunt said he'll keep faith with his players Finn Tearney and Rubin Statham in the reverse singles despite both men being beaten on day one.

"Hopefully the guys are going to learn from Friday and come out after watching the win today and get inspiration," he said.

"If we can get Finn across the line then Rubin will have the match up against Yuki Bhambri and the pressure goes on India."