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New Zealand take 5-0 Davis Cup win over Lebanon

Published: 3:14PM Sunday February 03, 2013 Source: ONE Sport

The New Zealand Davis Cup team wrapped up its Asia/Oceania Group II first round tie versus Lebanon at the Albany Tennis Park, with only nine games in total against them on the scoreboard after the reverse singles took less than an hour each.

Played out with a 'blink and miss it' efficiency the two reverse singles by Dan King-Turner and Artem Sitak on the final day of the tie showed the disparity between travelling professionals and part-time players with Kiwi team captain Alistair Hunt praising his side for not losing their way when it would have been easy just to cruise.

"It was a nice quick day. I think it's just good for the boys that they stayed focussed and did what they had to do and the scoreline shows that sort of stuff and that's a positive from our point of view," said Hunt.

"They have worked well all week and made the most of the matches."

King-Turner beat Lebanon No. 3 Ibrahim Abou Chahine 6-0 6-1 in 45 minutes while Artem Sitak dispatched the Lebanon No. 2 Michael Massih 38 minutes 6-0 6-0 in what was a record for the least number of games conceded overall for the New Zealand team in a Davis Cup victory.

New Zealand will now play either Pakistan or Sri Lanka in April. The final of Group II will be held in September with Thailand or Philippines the likely team to come through in the bottom half of the draw.

"We've just got to sit down now when we find out when and where we're playing and who we're playing. And map out a good schedule for guys in the team and go from there see where everyone is," said Hunt.

"This next tie is all about winning and we've got to get the best team on the park and go from there. We'll just move on and try and go bigger and better for next time."

Davis Cup: New Zealand v Lebanon, Asia/Oceania Group II first round.

Friday 1st February

Dan King-Turner bt Michael Massih 6-1 6-1 6-0,

Artem Sitak bt Karim Alayli 6-2 6-1 6-0.

Saturday 2nd February

Dan King-Turner/Marcus Daniell bt Karim Alayli/Ibrahim Abou Chahine 6-1 6-1 6-1

Sunday 3rd February

Dan King-Turner bt Ibrahim Abou Chahine 6-0 6-1,

Artem Sitak bt Michael Massih 6-0 6-0.

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