Paes loses, India clinch tie 3-2 against JapanApril 13th, 2008 - 4:16 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) 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.