The Straits Times
Published on Sep 15, 2012

Tennis: Hewitt, Guccione give Australia lead over Germany


HAMBURG, Germany (AFP) - Lleyton Hewitt and Chris Guccione's doubles victory gave Australia a 2-1 lead over Germany on Saturday in their Davis Cup World Group play-off.

Australia are bidding to return to the World Group for the first time since 2007 while Germany need to win to stay in the top tier after their opening round home defeat to Argentina in February.

After Bernard Tomic and Florian Mayer won Friday's singles to make it 1-1 overnight, Hewitt and Guccione enjoyed a 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/4) victory over Benjamin Becker and Philipp Petzschner.

Having clinched the first two sets, the Australian duo allowed their German hosts to establish themselves enough to take the third convincingly at Hamburg's clay-court Rothenbaum stadium.