18 Sep 2016

NZ outplays Pakistan to win Davis Cup tie 5-0

2:34 pm on 18 September 2016

New Zealand has won its Davis Cup tennis tie against Pakistan 5-0 after Rubin Statham and Finn Tearney both won their dead-rubber singles matches in straight sets in Christchurch this afternoon.

New Zealand tennis player Finn Tearney.

New Zealand tennis player Finn Tearney. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The team had already clinched victory on Saturday with a win in the doubles, so today's matches were reduced to best of three sets.

New Zealand number one Tearney overcame stern resistance from Pakistan's top singles player Mohammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar in his second set, before completing a 6-1, 6-3 victory.

Statham recovered from a sluggish start to beat Pakistan number two Samir Iftikhar 6-4, 6-1 in the final singles rubber.

Having retained its place in Asia/Oceania Group One of Davis Cup for 2017, New Zealand now await next Friday's draw to see who it will face in February's first round.

South Korea, India, and China are confirmed in Group One while Uzbekistan could join them if it loses its World Group qualifying tie against Switzerland in Tashkent.

Thailand will face Chinese Taipei in a Group Two tie which will see the winner promoted to Group One.