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Davis Cup 2017, India vs New Zealand, Day 2: Paes, Vishnu Lose Doubles Tie

News18.com | February 4, 2017, 9:19 PM IST
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Catch all the live action of the Day 2 of India versus New Zealand Davis Cup Asia-Oceania group 1 tie at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune.

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Tennis legend Leander Paes and his partner Vishnu Vardhan will take on New Zealand duo Artem Sitak and Micheal Venus in the men's doubles tie.

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Feb 4, 2017 8:38 pm (IST)
Feb 4, 2017 8:36 pm (IST)

Gave Over: New Zealand beat India in the doubles rubber 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 to make it 2-1 in the overall tie. Sitak/ Venus beat Paes/ Vishnu and India will now have to rely on the two reverse single's matches on Sunday to progress.

Feb 4, 2017 8:32 pm (IST)

40-15 and two match points for the Kiwis now after Vishnu's return hits the net. 

Feb 4, 2017 8:30 pm (IST)

Leander holds his service game to keep India in the tie. Venus to serve for the match at 5-3

Feb 4, 2017 8:28 pm (IST)

India survive after Venus' return hits the net and we are back to deuce.

Feb 4, 2017 8:27 pm (IST)

Break point and Match point for New Zealand!

Feb 4, 2017 8:25 pm (IST)

0-30 leads the Kiwis as brilliant anticipation by Sitak near the net helps him hit a forehand winner straight down the middle

Feb 4, 2017 8:23 pm (IST)

2 set up and now 5-2 up in the fourth set, the Kiwis are on fire at the moment. Leander Paes will now serve to keep India in the match.

Feb 4, 2017 8:20 pm (IST)

Brilliant drop volley by Paes at the net as Vishnu manages to hold his serve and India is on a fight back trail now. Kiwis lead 4-2 in the fourth set.

Feb 4, 2017 8:15 pm (IST)

An unforced backhand return by Vishnu gifts the Kiwis the game as they now lead the set 4-1.

Feb 4, 2017 8:14 pm (IST)

Back to back double faults from Michael Venus gifts India two points as the game is now locked at 30-30 in fourth set. India 2-1 set down and 3-1 game down.

Feb 4, 2017 8:10 pm (IST)

Sitak and Venus have picked up their game in sublime style as they take a 3-0 lead in the fourth set. Paes and Vishru are up against it now if they are to win the match.

Feb 4, 2017 8:05 pm (IST)

Break point for New Zealand off the serve for Vishnu. And a wonder strike from Sitak seals the deal for the visitors as they win the game and take a 2-0 lead in the fourth set. An error in judgement from Paes leads to the Kiwis taking the lead. 

Feb 4, 2017 7:54 pm (IST)
Feb 4, 2017 7:51 pm (IST)

Crisp backhand volley winner by Sitak means the visitors win the tie-break 8-6 and also take the set 7-6. Paes and Vishnu will now have to come from behind to register a win. Kiwis lead the match 2 sets to 1

Feb 4, 2017 7:48 pm (IST)

Venus manages to win a point finally and in the process also give a set point to the visitors. But Paes hits back with a brilliant ace to level the tie-break once more at 6-6.

Feb 4, 2017 7:47 pm (IST)

Under pressure Kiwi Michael Venus serves a double fault as the tie breaker is now locked at 5-5.

Feb 4, 2017 7:46 pm (IST)

After Leander held both points of his serve, Sitak hits back by winning two points of his own. The Kiwis lead the tie-break 4-3.

Feb 4, 2017 7:42 pm (IST)

Great winner by Venus as the shot catches Vishnu off guard and the Kiwis now lead 2-1 in the tie-break.

Feb 4, 2017 7:40 pm (IST)

First point to India and both Paes and Vishnu are worked up. They are calling on fans to raise their voice to keep the Kiwis at bay.

Feb 4, 2017 7:39 pm (IST)

Sitak holds his serve and forces the set into the tiebreaker now. The set is locked at 6-6 with no team willing to give an inch to the other.

Feb 4, 2017 7:28 pm (IST)

Vishnu serves, Sitak picks it up meekly and Paes hits the winner to take the score to 5-4 in India's favour in the third set.

Feb 4, 2017 7:25 pm (IST)

The third set is evens stevens at the moment with score locked at 4-4.

Feb 4, 2017 7:19 pm (IST)
Feb 4, 2017 7:15 pm (IST)

Saved again! India let go off their advantage once more as Sitak and Venus level the third set at 2-2

Feb 4, 2017 7:12 pm (IST)

Advantage to India after an unforced error by Venus.

Feb 4, 2017 7:11 pm (IST)

Break Point for India after great net play by both the Indian stars and the rally ended with Sitak hitting the ball into the net.

Feb 4, 2017 7:04 pm (IST)

The Kiwis somehow manage to save the break point and win the game to level the third set at 1-1. 

Feb 4, 2017 7:02 pm (IST)

What a rally! After Vishnu hit a brilliant volley, Venus picks it up and hits it towards Paes but he adjusts his body well near the net to score the winner. A double fault from Venus gives India two break points. 

Feb 4, 2017 6:55 pm (IST)
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Davis Cup 2017, India vs New Zealand, Day 2: Paes, Vishnu Lose Doubles Tie
Leander Paes in action in the Davis Cup. (Getty Images)

On Day 1, Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan won their repective men's singles matches to give India a crucial 2-0 lead.

In the first match, Bhambri, ranked 368, defeated Finn Tearney 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to put India in the lead.

While 276th ranked Ramkumar outplayed Jose Statham 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in the second match on Friday.

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