New Zealand took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their Eastern Zone Davis Cup semi-final match against India in New Delhi on Saturday (21 January).
TV FIRST SET: Anand Amritraj serves to New Zealand pair and, after rally, he nets.
LV & TV: Crowd watch as Amritraj serves to Lewis and wins point with backhand placement to take first-set, crowd applaud. (THREE SHOTS)
LV: Scoreboard 6-2 to India.
TV PAN SECOND SET: Lewis serves to Mennon, rally, and Amritraj hits tramline winner PAN TO crowd applauding.
TV: Lewis serves to Amritraj. Fairlie fails to pick up low return to give India second set 16-14.
SV: Scoreboard showing two sets to India.
TV THIRD SET: Amritraj serves to Fairlie. Mennon wins point with backhand down line.
LV & CU: Crowd and scoreboard showing third set to New Zealand.
TV FOURTH SET: Fairlie serves to Amritraj. Lewis hits backhand onto net. It falls to give N.Z. fourth set.
SV PAN DOWN FROM: Scoreboard: two sets all TO crowd.
TV (FOLLOWING DAY) FIFTH SET: Mennon serves to Fairlie. N.Z. win point after rally when Mennon fails to get backhand return.
SV: Scoreboard showing N.Z. leading 5-2.
TV MATCH POINT: Fairlie serves to Mennon. Lewis intercepts return with winning volley. Players shake hands at net and walk off.
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Background: New Zealand took an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their Eastern Zone Davis Cup semi-final match against India in New Delhi on Saturday (21 January). After winning the opening singles matches on Friday, the New Zealand doubles pair, Brian Fairlie and Chris Lewis, wrapped up the tie when they defeated India's Anand Amritraj and Shashi Mennon. It was a marathon match that ended 2-6, 14-16, 12-10, 6-2, 6-2, after New Zealand had lost the first two sets.
SYNOPSIS: The Indian pair, with Anand Amritraj serving here, knew they had to win to stay in the Davis Cup. But they lost this point in the first set when Amritraj put the ball into the net. Serving 5-2 up, he made no mistake with this backhand return, to give India a reassuring start.
But it wasn't so easy in the second set. Here, with New Zealander Lewis serving, Amritraj takes the point for India by stroking a clear placement winner.
Lewis serves, at set point, trying to salvage the second set. But his partner Fairlie can't pick up this return and India are two sets ahead.
The third set lasted for 22 games, an advantage for the physically-stronger New Zealanders. Although Mennon scores with this backhand, his opponents win the set to stay alive.
They also took the fourth set 6-2 with this lucky break, when a backhand return from Lewis net-corded into the unlucky Indians' court.
At two sets all, play was stopped because of bad light.
The game resumed the next morning to decide the final set. India didn't start too well. Here Mennon loses his service point.
Match Point: New Zealand leading 5-2 and Fairlie serving to Mennon. It is his partner Lewis who makes the final killing shot. He brilliantly intercepts a return to volley the winner. New Zealand have harder tasks ahead. They now have to play Australia-winners of the other semi-final against Japan-in the zone final.