Paes loses, India clinch tie 3-2 against Japan

Leander Paes loses to Satoshi Iwabuchi but India win their Davis Cup tie with Jan 3-2 to qualify for the World Group play-off.

updated: May 10, 2008 07:54 IST
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New Delhi:

Leander Paes went down 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 to Satoshi Iwabuchi of Japan in the second reverse singles of the Asian Oceania Group I tie here Sunday. But India clinched the tie 3-2 and qualified for the World Group play-off after a gap of three years.

Rohan Bopanna and Prakash Amritraj had won their singles matches Friday before Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi combined to win the doubles Saturday.

Paes and Bhupathi played the reverse singles matches Sunday and both lost. Bhuapathi lost to Kei Nishikori in the first match.