Australia won the Davis Cup eastern zone semi-final against Japan in Tokyo on Saturday (21 January), after taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead.
GV: Australian and Japanese flags flying in stadium.
GV: Kamiwazumi serves and ball hits net. He serves again, and Japanese lose point.
GV: Masters serves and wins point.
GV: Scoreboard Australia 5, Japan 3.
GV: Stone serves and loses point after failing to clear net as crowd applaud. (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Stone serves, play...Stone hits out of court.
GV: Stone serves, and Masters lets ball land out of court on return.
GV: Stone serving, and Japanese player hit net as crowd watch. (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Stone serves, Japanese player hits net as umpire watches. (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Hirai serves, play in progress, Kamiwazumi scores point as crowd applaud. (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Hirai serves, and Masters returns to win game, set and match and rubber. Players shake hands and walk off court.
GV: Scoreboard showing Australia win 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.
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Background: Australia won the Davis Cup eastern zone semi-final against Japan in Tokyo on Saturday (21 January), after taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead. The Australians had won the two opening singles on Friday (20 January) and took the doubles 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.
SYNOPSIS: Tokyo's Denen Colosseum was the venue for the tie. In the doubles, Jum Kamiwazumi and Kenichi Hirai of Japan went down to Geoff Masters and Allan Stone in straight sets.
Masters, serving, displayed the same brilliance which had helped him to win his opening singles against Jun Kuki and previous day.
Tokyo's cold weather seemed to have little effect on the visitors, who went on to win the first set 6-4, despite a few lapses from Stone.
Stone to serve again...and to lose the point through a loose stroke.
Stone had better luck with this serve, aided by his partner, who showed good judgment in leaving this ball alone.
With shrewd court tactics, the Australians forced Hirai and Kamiwazumi into making errors under pressure. the visitors won the second set by the same score of 6-4.
Hirai serving, tried to put in the effort and concentration the Japanese needed to keep their hopes alive.
But he and Kamiwazumi were outclassed; they lost the third set, too, taking only a single game. The match had never come fully alive as an exciting contest.
Australia's opponents in the one final will be neighbouring New Zealand, who beat India 3-0 in the other semi-final played in New Delhi.