Davis Cup: India completes Pakistan's defeat; face Croatia next

PUNE: India completed the procedures in quick time to sweep Pakistan 4-0 in the Davis cup Asia-Oceania Group 1 draw in Nur-Sultan and advance to the World Group qualification round.

On Saturday, Leander Paes and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan needed 52 minutes to beat Pakistan's twin 17-year-olds, Muhammad Shoaib and Huzaifa Abdul Rehman, 6-1, 6-3 to seal the victory before Sumit Nagal He crushed Yousaf Khalil, 22, 6-1, 6-0 in 32 minutes to complete the erase in the capital city of Kazakhstan. The fifth rubber was not played. India will travel to Croatia for the World Group qualifying match from March 6 to 7.

Paes ties Santana

While it was the debut of the Jeevan Cup, Paes was making an unexpected return to the Indian team after an 18-month gap.

And the victory in doubles meant that the legend of 46 years tied Spain Manuel Santana for the fourth place in the list of all times of general victories. Paes is now 92-35 while Santana is 92-38. Italian Nicola Pietrangeli head the table at 120-44.



"It was fun playing with Jeevan, it was his first Davis cup match. Right from the beginning, he did everything right. He found my laundry which I had lost four days ago, which put me in a great mood," Paes joked after the win.

"I have known this young man for a long time, he has a big heart. He always loves to play for the flag and put his best foot forward.

"Today really was more about being solid, more than anything, camaraderie and team work. Today it didn't take a whole lot but just being solid."

Nagal: from zero to hero

For Nagal, the two wins in the tie matched his previous two losses. Although the entire tie was uneven, the 22-year-old said he would take his two points.

It was an easy victory, but overall it was a good game. I did what I wanted to do. I went for my shots. It was another opportunity to work on my game on the court, said No. 131 in the world.

"The losses I had were not great. I was leading 4-1 in the third set and then lost my match in China. Wins count, no matter against whom. It was my last match of the season, I can't complain. It's been a long year, a fantastic year."

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