Japan take 2-0 lead over Pakistan in Davis Cup tie
ISLAMABAD: Japan were too strong for host Pakistan on Matchday 1 of the Davis Cup Group I first round match.
Yosuke Watanuki beat Aqeel Khan 6-3, 6-2 without sweating much in the opening single while Kaichi Uchida won 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) over Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in one hour and 33 minutes. .
Shintaro Mochizuki and Yosuke will play in doubles on Saturday against Qureshi and Khan before the reverse singles on Sunday.
Of the 24 meetings of World Group I and World Group II, four are taking place this weekend, with the remaining 20 scheduled for September.
Japan, whose best Davis Cup result was a runner-up in 1921, lost to Ecuador in March last year, while Pakistan were beaten by rival India last year.
The draw is played without spectators due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The eight top-ranked winning nations from World Group I matches in March-September 2021 will automatically advance to the 2022 Davis Cup.
The four lowest-ranked winners will take part in an additional knockout match in November, with the two winners advancing to the 2022 playoffs and two losers in the 2022 World Group I play-offs.
Nations losing in World Group I matches will advance to the World Group I qualifiers in 2022.
Davis Cup Group I first round: Japan 2, Pakistan 0
Yosuke Watanuki (Japan) defeated Aqeel Khan (Pakistan) 6-3, 6-2
Kaichi Uchida (Japan) defeated Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)