Davis Cup: New Zealand complete rout of Pakistan

 CHRISTCHURCH:  New Zealand completed a 5-0 rout of Pakistan in their Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie in Christchurch on Sunday when Finn Tearney and Jose Statham took the reverse singles.

The overwhelming victory ensured New Zealand remain in Group I with the prospect of challenging for a World Group playoff next year.

New Zealand took an unassailable 3-0 lead when they won the doubles on Saturday and finished off Pakistan with straight-set victories in the reverse singles on the final day.

Tearney beat Muhammad Abid Ali Khan Akbar 6-1, 6-3 and Statham downed Pakistan number two Samir Iftikhar 6-4, 6-1.

New Zealand captain Alistair Hunt said getting a World Group qualifying tie for the first time in nearly 18 years would be huge for New Zealand. –

“Imagine getting a world group team over here like (the) States or even Australia, it doesn’t really matter. All these guys are unbelievable and top 20-50 players,” Hunt said.

“You get a couple of these guys and next minute your stands are full and everything becomes a lot more interesting for people.” – AP