Davis Cup: Shintaro Mochizuki-Sho Shimabukuro assist Japan beat Pakistan to enter 2022 qualifiers

Davis Cup: Shintaro Mochizuki-Sho Shimabukuro assist Japan beat Pakistan to enter 2022 qualifiers

Shintaro Mochizuki and Sho Shimabukuro beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, in a single hour and 47 minutes.

Davis Cup: Shintaro Mochizuki-Sho Shimabukuro help Japan beat Pakistan to enter 2022 qualifiers

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Islamabad: Japan’s doubles pair got here from a set all the way down to defeat an skilled Pakistan duo within the Davis Cup World Group I first-round match in Islamabad on Saturday, reserving a spot within the 2022 qualifiers.

Shintaro Mochizuki and Sho Shimabukuro beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, in a single hour and 47 minutes.

Including to their wins in each of Friday’s singles clashes, Japan took an unassailable 3-0 lead within the tie total.

They are going to struggle for a spot within the Davis Cup through subsequent yr’s qualifiers, whereas Pakistan head for the World Group I play-offs.

After the singles victories, Japan gave a debut to younger Shimabukuro, partnering former Junior Wimbledon champion Mochizuki rather than their number-one participant Yosuke Watanuki.

The gamble paid off regardless of Qureshi and Khan pulling off the primary set 6-4 and searching threatening within the second, however the dwelling pair misplaced their power as soon as the Japanese duo took the assault to them.

After a late break within the second set, the Japanese pair broke early within the third, in a tie performed with out spectators as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.

The reverse singles can be performed on Sunday.

Outcome:

Davis Cup Group I first spherical: Japan 3, Pakistan 0

Shintaro Mochizuki and Sho Shimabukuro (Japan) beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Aqeel Khan (Pakistan) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

On Friday:

Yosuke Watanuki (Japan) beat Aqeel Khan (Pakistan) 6-3, 6-2

Kaichi Uchida (Japan) beat Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi (Pakistan) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)

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