INTRODUCTION: Australia took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their Eastern Zone Davis Cup tie with New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday (12 February) when Phil Dent and John Alexander won the doubles 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 against Brain Fairlie and Onny Parun.
GVs: Mark Edmondson (Australia) vs Onny Parun (New Zealand) watched by crowd. (3 shots)
GV: Edmondson serves fault and wins match on second serve. (3 shots)
SV AND GV: John Alexander (Australia) serves to Brian Fairlie (New Zealand) and loses point. (3 shots)
CU AND GV: Alexander serves again and loses point. (3 shots)
GV: Alexander serves and wins match point. (3 shots)
GV: doubles match (Dent and Alexander of Australia vs Fairlie and Parun of New Zealand). (2 shots)
GV: Australians serve and win match. (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Australia took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their Eastern Zone Davis Cup tie with New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday (12 February) when Phil Dent and John Alexander won the doubles 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 against Brain Fairlie and Onny Parun.
SYNOPSIS: One the previous day, Australia started well by winning both singles matches. The first match was between Mark Edmondson and leading New Zealander, Onny Parun. Edmondson took the first two sets, 6-3, 7-5.
Parun fought back to take the third set 7-5. But he then started to play badly and allowed Edmondson to dominate the final set. Parun served several double-faults to give Edmondson the break, and the Australian then took the set and match.
In Friday's (11 February) second singles match, John alexander of Australia played Brian Fairlie. Alexander was leading by one set to nil and three games to nil in the second set when the match was interrupted by rain, and had to be carried over until the following day.
Alexander went onto take the second set by six games to two. The Australian number one player proved much too strong for his New Zealand opponent and finally won the match in straight sets. The final score was 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 to Alexander.
Alexander teamed with Phil Dent in the doubles match against Parun and Fairlie. The Australians won the first set 6-1, but were in trouble when the New Zealanders won the next two sets 6-3, 6-4 to take the lead.
However, the Australian pair came back well to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-4 and clinch the Cup tie for Australia. The final score in the doubles was 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Australia.