New Zealand breeze past Lebanon in Davis Cup

DAVID LONG
Last updated 16:36 02/02/2013

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New Zealand have taken out the Davis Cup tie against Lebanon with Dan King-Turner and Marcus Daniell beating Ibrahim Abou Chahine and Karim Alayli 6-1 6-1 6-1 in the doubles in just 68 minutes.

Although there are the two more singles matches to be played today, this doubles win gives New Zealand an unassailable 3-0 lead.

King-Turner and Daniell both served too powerfully for their Lebanese opponents and their net play was also superior.

Despite wrapping up the tie, Davis Cup captain Alistair Hunt says he will still stick with King-Turner and Artem Sitak for tomorrow's dead rubbers, believing it is important to win the tie 5-0.

"They were the ones that were named and I want to keep going with that, just pound away, we still need to get 5-0," Hunt said.

"We don't want a 3-2 or a 4-1. We should win this 5-0 so that's the job."

Hunt was pleased to win this tie and with the manner of the victory.

Lebanon have won just eight games in nine sets of tennis as the New Zealand players have stayed ruthless throughout.

"At the change of ends we spoke about keeping the intensity up," Hunt said.

"Their No 1's game (Alayli) is quite big and if you do get complacent the guy can get lucky a couple of times and it gets a little tighter than it needs to do.

"But all week the guys have never let that happen and that's credit to them."

"They executed well, they weren't having to play at the top of their game but they were solid in what they were doing.

"They did exactly what was needed to win this week."

Meanwhile, Lebanon's captain Hussain Badreddine says he believes New Zealand will definitely win promotion back to Asia-Oceania Group 1 this year.

"New Zealand's aim is to get into group one and ours is to stay in group two," he said.

"I don't think there is anyone in group two who can beat New Zealand this year, I am 100 per cent sure they will be promoted to group one.

"I know all of the other teams in group two and they can beat all of them."

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