Japan wins doubles to take 2-1 lead over Canada

by: AP February 01, 2014

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TOKYO (AP) — Kei Nishikori and Yasutaka Uchiyama beat Frank Dancevic and Daniel Nestor of Canada, 6-3, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 on Saturday to give Japan a 2-1 lead in their Davis Cup World Group clash.

Nishikori, Japan's top-ranked player, was not initially scheduled to play the doubles match but was called on after Canada won the second singles match on Friday to move level at one game apiece.

Nishikori will face Dancevic in Sunday's first reverse singles match, followed by Go Soeda against Peter Polansky.

The winner will advance to the quarterfinals to face either the Czech Republic or the Netherlands.

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