MIKI, HYOGO PREFECTURE – Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda defeated Denis Istomin and Murad Inoyatov of Uzbekistan three sets to none in Asia/Oceania Group 1 of the Davis Cup on Saturday.
Nishikori-Soeda beat the visitors 7-5, 7-6, 7-5 to give Japan a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The winner advances to the playoffs in September for a spot in the World Group.
Japan has not played in the World Group since 1985.
Two singles matches are scheduled for Sunday at Bourbon Beans Dome in Hyogo Prefecture.