Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt inspired Australia to a five-set doubles victory to take the edge over Uzbekistan in the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group I second round tie in Namangan yesterday.
Hewitt partnered Matthew Ebden to battle out a 7-5, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over the Uzbek pairing of Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov. The hard-fought win gave the 28-time Davis Cup winners Australia a 2-1 edge heading into today’s two reverse singles to decide the tie on clay.
Meanwhile, Andrey Golubev and Yuriy Schukin defeated Czech pair Jan Hajek and Radek Stepanek in Astana to keep Kazakhstan’s hopes of reaching the Davis Cup semi-finals alive.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 7th, 2013.