Indonesia ended up 0-3 down to Japan after Christopher
Rungkat and Elbert Sie’s resistance against Tatsumo Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama
collapsed in the men’s doubles in their Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group 1
encounter in Tokyo on Saturday.
Indonesia, who trailed 0-2 after it lost
both its singles matches on Friday, had the chance to reduce the gap but
Christopher and Elbert failed to capitalize.
They led 2-1 after three sets and needed
only one more set to win the game when, for some reason, their form began to
desert them. They were beaten 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, 5-7, 2-6.
Team captain Bonit Wiryawan said that
Christopher and Elbert provided a real challenge for the Japanese pair.
“I’m satisfied with their performance.
They narrowly missed out. They should have won the match,” Bonit said as quoted
by Antara news agency.
“They should have been able to capitalize
on the moment [fourth set]. What a rueful turnaround it was,” he said.
Japan won the singles matches on Friday,
with Tatsumo beating Christopher 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 and Go Soeda defeating Wisnu Adi
Nugroho 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.
The players from both sides will swap
opponents on Sunday, although the matches will not affect the overall results,
as the host nation already has an unassailable 3-0 lead.