Davis Cup: Japan preserve top tier status with doubles victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina in World Group playoff

Osaka: Japan preserved their standing within the Davis Cup’s prime tier on Saturday by powering to doubles victory of their World Group playoff towards Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Representational picture. Reuters

Regardless of the absence of Japanese talisman Kei Nishikori, the house facet took an unassailable 3-Zero lead in Osaka after Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama thrashed Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.

Japan, crushed 3-1 at dwelling by Italy within the World Group first spherical in February, accomplished a fourth consecutive playoff success to increase their five-year keep on the Davis Cup’s prime desk.

After Naomi Osaka’s beautiful US Open victory over Serena Williams final weekend, it was McLachlan’s flip to shine a light-weight on Japan’s mixed-race athletes.

The 26-year-old, who was born in New Zealand however whose mom is Japanese, fired down a number of large serves at key moments – not least to safe the primary and second units.

Japan are likely to wrestle with out US Open semi-finalist Nishikori however they took management of the tie on Friday when American-born Taro Daniel crushed Brkic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 and Yoshihito Nishioka upset Mirza Fundamental 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

Osaka, who’s of Haitian-Japanese descent and was raised in the USA, would be the important draw at subsequent week’s Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.

Nishikori fell to eventual champion Novak Djokovic within the males’s semi-finals in New York, 4 years after reaching the ultimate.

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