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New Zealand down China in marathon Davis Cup tie

New Zealand outlasted China after a marathon start to finish 4-1 winners in their Davis Cup Group I Asia-Oceania first round tie in Auckland on Sunday.

New Zealand down China in marathon Davis Cup tie

Auckland: New Zealand outlasted China after a marathon start to finish 4-1 winners in their Davis Cup Group I Asia-Oceania first round tie in Auckland on Sunday.

The deciding third singles was taken out by New Zealand`s Rubin Statham over China`s Zhe Li 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the only straight sets match in the tie.

The opening singles on Friday were both five-setters with Wu Di winning for China and Michael Venus registering a win for New Zealand.

In Saturday`s doubles Marcus Daniell and Artem Sitak came from two sets down to beat Li and Zhang Ze for New Zealand to take a 2-1 lead going into the final day.

Statham, who lost to Wu on the first day, received a boost before the reverse singles when Zhang Ze pulled out injured after playing 10 sets in the first singles and doubles.

Despite being lower ranked than Li, Statham managed a service break in each set to win the match in two hours.

"It`s the first round one, group one win we`ve had for a long time," Statham said.

"It`s great that we`re through to the second round and one step closer to the World Group."

In the dead rubber, Venus beat Wang Chuchan 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

New Zealand next play India in July for a place in the World Group qualifying round.
 

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