Austria ended a run of four consecutive defeats with a 4-1 win over Latvia in the first round of the Europe/Africa Zone Group I relegation play-offs. The win keeps Austria in Zone Group I for 2015 while Latvia must face Sweden in the final relegation play-off.
Martin Fischer handed Austria the opening point when he overcame Andis Juska 63 63 62. Jurgen Melzer then eased past Janis Podzus 63 61 64 to give Austria a 2-0 lead. Ernests Gulbis and Mikelis Libietis clawed a point back for Latvia in the doubles, winning 75 76(3) 64 against Philipp Oswald and Alexander Peya. It was left to Melzer to wrap up the tie for Austria and he duly delivered, defeating Libietis 62 62 64 to hand Austria an unassailable 3-1 lead. Fischer also clinched the dead rubber for Austria, resulting in a 4-1 win.