Kaohsiung, 3 February 2013 | tennis.com.au

Marinko Matosevic has continued Australia’s dominance in its first-round Davis Cup tie versus Chinese Taipei in Kaohsiung.

World No.210 Ti Chen was no match for No.48 Matosevic who raced to a 7-6(5) 6-3 win in the first of today’s dead reverse singles rubbers.

Having missed out on selection for the first two singles spots, Matosevic was called up to the side following Australia’s win in the doubles on Saturday, which secured the tie for the visitors.

Despite today’s rubbers being dead, Matosevic was committed to keeping Australia’s perfect record intact.

The Melburnian started slowly, falling behind a break, which he clawed back in the eighth game. The first set ended in a tiebreak, which the Australian won 7-5.

The second set proved to be a smoother ride for Matosevic as his big serve and heavy forehand proved too hot for Chen to handle in the humid conditions.

And when Matosevic broke Chen early in the second, Australia was one step closer to a 5-0 whitewash.

Up next is Matt Ebden who is playing Tsung-Hua Yang. These two have played each other once before, in the Caloundra Challenger two years ago. Ebden won in three sets, 6-0 3-6 6-1.

Today, however, world No.117 Ebden is the warm favourite to defeat No.249 Yang.

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