Last year was the honeymoon period. But Michael Brown proved his love affair with Hong Kong's Davis Cup competition has endured the passage of time as he came out a winner yet again yesterday. One year after making his Davis Cup debut for Hong Kong, Australian Brown showed the fire is still burning bright within as he secured Hong Kong a lifeline in their Asia/Oceania Zone Group Two tie against Taiwan at Victoria Park. Brown kept a clean slate in Davis Cup action, winning the first singles match by beating Cheng Wei-jen 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1. Taiwan, however, levelled the score at 1-1 when Chris Numbers failed to stop Taiwanese typhoon Wang Yeu-tzuoo in the second singles. 'It is fantastic to be 5-0 up,' Brown said referring to his unbeaten record. In his debut year, in 2001, Brown played three singles and a doubles tie, winning them all. 'It has to end sometime, but as long as it lasts, I will enjoy it.' But Brown will know his proud record will be under threat after watching talented Taiwanese teenager Wang bring his country back into contention with a smashing straight-sets win over Numbers in the second match of the day. Wang, who turned 17 yesterday, celebrated his birthday by blowing Numbers away with a magnificent 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory. The manner in which the Taiwanese youngster blazed his way to victory will be of grave concern for Brown and the rest of the Hong Kong camp. Possessing superb court craft, a threatening serve and a game combining serve and volley as well as smooth groundstrokes, Wang is a clear and present danger. His youthful exuberance adds an extra edge and makes him an obstacle that Brown will find hard to hurdle tomorrow when the reverse singles are played. Hopefully, by then Hong Kong will be leading 2-1. That will depend on how the SAR's leading doubles combination of Melvin Tong and John Hui get on against opponents Liu Chia-che and Chang Wen-lung today. 'After having seen how their number one plays, it makes the doubles all that more important and crucial. We have a good chance of winning which means we will have a good chance heading into the final day,' said Derek Ling, Hong Kong's non-playing captain. A lot will depend on Tong and Hui. Local fans can take heart from the fact that the duo have been playing together for the past three months and have had their fair share of success, including a bronze medal at the China National Games and a runners-up slot at the Asian Championships last December. 'We don't know anything about the Taiwanese doubles pairing. All I know is we have a good chance and if we go 2-1 up into the final day, then we don't have to worry about beating their number-one player [Wang],' Ling said. Even the perseverance Brown showed yesterday as he slugged it out with Cheng will not be enough against Wang. Cheng, a baseliner, stole the first set with just one service break. But Brown came back strongly to win. It was not pretty, with both players content to sit on the baseline and trade groundstrokes, but after three hours, Brown emerged a winner. 'I was pretty happy with that. I got a lot of balls back. It was a close match with one or two points here and there that made a difference. If I had gone down two sets, it would have been tough to come back,' Brown said. Thankfully for Hong Kong, the 30-year-old Ladies Recreation Club tennis coach showed enough savvy to keep his head cool enough to ensure victory. He broke Cheng twice in the second set to level the score at one set each. The third set was an up-and-down affair with both players seemingly intent on dropping their serve. There were six service breaks before the set was decided on a tie-break. Leading 2-1, Brown then finished it off, with service breaks in the second and sixth games to win the fourth set handsomely and keep his slate clean. But for how long, is the question. With birthday boy Wang waiting for him, it will take a special effort if Hong Kong's number-one player wants to continue his winning streak.