NZ's Davis Cup tie off to convincing start

DAVID LONG
Last updated 13:00 01/02/2013
Dan King-Turner
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RETIRING: Dan King-Turner.

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New Zealand have got their Davis Cup tie against Lebanon off to a great start with Dan King-Turner emphatically beating Makael Massih 6-1 6-1 6-0 in less than an hour.

It is King-Turner's most convincing win ever for New Zealand and it puts the team in the box seat to quickly wrap up this Asia-Oceania group two tie in Albany.

Parity between the two players lasted all of one game, when Massih held serve.

But after that it was all one way traffic for King-Turner.

Massih was unable to cope with the New Zealander's big serve and King-Turner was able to regularly step forward to take Messih's serve and unleash an unstoppable forehand winner.

Whenever a rally developed King-Turner knew that Massih would eventually make an unforced error to concede the point.

The next rubber is between the Lebanese No 1 Karim Alayli and the New Zealand No 2, Artem Sitak.

Alayli only arrived in New Zealand yesterday because he had visa issues trying to transit through Australia on his way to Auckland, so he will no doubt be below his best when he takes to the court.

If Sitak wins, it means New Zealand only have to win one of the three remaining rubbers to progress through to the second round and face a probable match up against Pakistan in April.

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