Anand Amritraj of India beat Japan's Toshiro Sakai, 7-5, 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 to give India a 1-0 lead in the second round of the eastern zone of the Davis Cup Tennis Competition in Tokyo on Saturday (6 December).
GV Indian and Japanese flags flying over grandstand at tennis court PAN TO Sakai serving from far end to Amritraj and play with Sakai winning point at start of match
SV Crowd applauds
SV Amritraj serves and play
SV Sakai playing
LV Scoreboard showing 7-5,7-5,0-6,5-2
GV Amritraj serves and both players play long rally from base line until Sakai rushes net but misplaces ball outside baseline and loses point
Amritraj serves for match point & forces Sakai back to baseline. Sakai falls and loses point and match -- players shake hands at net and walk off court
Initials BB/0130 NPJ/PN/BB0205
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Background: Anand Amritraj of India beat Japan's Toshiro Sakai, 7-5, 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 to give India a 1-0 lead in the second round of the eastern zone of the Davis Cup Tennis Competition in Tokyo on Saturday (6 December).
The match was played in the outdoor Denen Colosseum in chilly and cloudy weather. Though Amritraj said that the weather was rather too cold for him, he nevertheless showed an improvement in his net game compared with his earlier matches.
Afterwards the Indian said he had been confident of winning when he kept his service in the sixth game of the fourth set after the game had gone to eleven deuces. In the sixth game, Sakai, who was trailing 2-3, took a 40-15 lead, but the Indian equalled the score and took the game after the Japanese had netted Amritraj's service. Amritraj then had no trouble in taking the next two games to win the decisive set 6-2.
The Indian had started the match brilliantly with aggressive net-playing, and immediately took a 4-0 lead. But Sakai fought back strongly to tie the score 5-all before the Indian took the set 7-5.
In the second set, Sakai began to play a more steady game and led 5-4, but the Indian again outplayed him to win the set 7-5. Amritraj again came back strongly in the last set which he won at 6-2.
SYNOPSIS: In the second round of the eastern zone of the Davis Cup Tennis Competition in Tokyo on Saturday, India gained a one-nil lead over Japan with this match between Anand Amritraj of India, and Japan's Toshiro Sakai at the far end. The match, in the Denen Colosseum, was played in chilly cloudy weather.
Although the Indian later admitted it was rather cold for him, he started the match brilliantly with aggressive net-play and immediately moved into four-love lead. Sakai fought back strongly to tie the score five-all. But by the final set Sakai was five-two down, having lost the first and second sets to the Indian.
When Sakai had been trailing two-three he had nearly broken back at forty-fifteen.
But Amritraj had fought back and successfully saved his service. He then went on to win the next two games to reach match point with the score at five-two. With this point it was game, set and match to the Indian. Sakai had taken only one set off him, and India had gained a one-love lead.