American duo Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey have eased their way to victory during the crucial doubles match in America’s play-off tie against Uzbekistan. Facing Denis Istomin and Farrukh Dustov, the American’s breezed their way past the Uzbeks after 95 minutes on the court to claim the win 6-3,6-2,6-2.
The pairing experienced little difficulty as they faced two break points during the match, saving both of them. On the other hand the home team was broken five in five games by Johnson and Querrey. Following Johnson’s and Querrey’s triumph, America now has a 2-1 lead against Uzbekistan going into the last day of the tie.
America was relegated to the world group play-off stage after losing 3-2 to Great Britain in March. It is the second successive year that they have had to go through the play-off stage to maintain a place in the top group of the Davis Cup.
The win means that America must win one of two matches on Sunday to secure their place back into the world group. If they lose them both, Uzbekistan will progress to the top group for the first time in the history of the tournament.
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