Ramukumar Ramanathan dispel Finn Tearney with clinical rigour as India took an impregnable 3-1 lead over New Zealand in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I first round hitch here today. A limp Ramkumar voyage to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-0 win over the Kiwi rival in precisely two hours at the Shiv Chatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi. Ramkumar, who had won his singles rubber on day one against Jose Statham in straight sets in very stately fashion, string a closely fought 51 Minute first lay.

The Kiwi player perpetrate a lurch 10 double guilt in the opening set, including three in the 12th game in which he was decisively burst by his Indian rival. The tall Indian youngster also had to delve himself out of the hole in the two service games in which he faced break points. He saved the fourth in the 11th game with his fifth adept to lead 6-5 before Tearney self-destructed when serving to be in the set for the second time by committing three double faults, including the last one when he was down 15-40, to hand over the set on a platter to the Indian.

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