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15 September 2012

Day 2: Zone Group II wrap-up


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Dwi Ari SetyadiChristopher Rungkat and Elbert Sie (INA)

There are four Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Zone Group II ties taking place this weekend with promotion at stake for the 2013 season. See below for updates from each tie.


Indonesia 2-1 Philippines  

- Zone: Asia/Oceania
- Venue: Gelora Bung Karno Tennis Stadium
- Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
- Surface: Outdoor hard

Indonesia have pushed ahead of Philippines 2-1 after a strong performance by Christopher Rungkat and Elbert Sie in Saturday's doubles rubber. The Indonesian team dropped the first set to Ruben Gonzales and Treat Huey, but fought back to take the the second, and then retained the upper hand to close out the match in four sets 46 63 76(5) 62.

On Friday, Rungkat got the hosts off to a flying start as he won the first point of the match, beating Francis Casey Alcantara 76(3) 62 36 60. Philippino Huey then easily overcame Sie in the second rubber 64 62 63 to level the tie going into Saturday's doubles.

On Sunday, No. 1s Rungkat and Huey will face each other in the first rubber followed by Sie taking on Alcantara. Indonesia will be looking to take victory in the first of those matches and secure promotion to Asia/Oceania Zone Group I in 2012.


Latvia 1-2 Ukraine  

- Zone: Europe/Africa
- Venue: Liepajas Olimpiskais Centrs
- Location: Liepaja, Latvia
- Surface: Indoor hard

Ukraine edged ahead of Latvia on Saturday when their doubles team of Sergei Bubka and Sergiy Stakhovsky came through a hard fought match that went the distance in Liepaja, putting the visitors on the brink of an immediate return to Group I after their relegation last year.

With the score tied at 1-1 overnight, Bubka and Stakhovsky, who had lost their four previous Davis Cup doubles outings together, held their nerve to overcome Latvian duo Ernests Gulbis and Andis Juska 64 36 26 61 64, finally prevailing after more than three hours of intense battle.

The same four players had all been in action on Friday in the singles rubbers with Gulbis defeating Bubka in four sets and Stakhovsky easing past Juska in straight sets, and the same four players are scheduled to return on Sunday for the reverse singles rubbers, starting with the battle of the No. 1s between Gulbis and Stakhovsky.

Despite being ranked 57 places behind his Ukrainian opponent, world No. 152 Gulbis actually holds a 2-1 lead over Stakhovsky in their past meetings. He came through their first encounter at a Challenger event in 2007, then they split wins in 2011, but this will be by far their most important clash.


Poland 3-0 Belarus  

- Zone: Europe/Africa
- Venue: Miejski Osrodek Sportu i Rekreacji
- Location: Lodz, Poland
- Surface: Indoor hard

Poland secured an immediate return to Group I after clinching promotion on Saturday in Lodz. The vital third point came courtesy of doubles specialists Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski.

Following singles wins for Lukasz Kubot and Jerzy Janowicz on Friday, the regular Polish pairing of Fyrstenberg and Matkowski successfully teamed up to defeat Alexander Bury and Max Mirnyi 64 76(5) 67(3) 64 in 3 hours 10 minutes.

The result condemns Belarus to their third straight year in Group II, while Poland return to Group I after a one-year absence. The singles rubbers on Sunday will now be the best-of-three sets.


Dominican Republic 2-1 Mexico  

- Zone: Americas
- Venue: Centro Español Inc., Santiago de los Caballeros
- Location: Dominican Republic
- Surface: Outdoor clay

Mexico kept their promotion hopes alive on Saturday by winning the doubles rubber to force their clash with Dominican Republic into a deciding third day. The hosts had won Friday's opening singles rubbers, but the Mexican pair of Daniel Garza and Santiago Gonzalez responded today.

Garza and Gonzalez successfully teamed up to defeat Henry and Victor Estrella 75 63 76(1) in 2 hours 25 minutes. The Dom Rep pair threatened to prolong the match when they took the third set to a tiebreak, but the Mexicans quickly snuffed out any ideas of a comeback.

The focus now shifts to the reverse singles rubbers on Sunday. Victor Estrella opens up against Cesar Ramirez in a match the home favourite is expected to win. If the Mexican No. 1 can spring a surprise then the fifth rubber is scheduled to see Jose Hernandez take on Garza.

The prize for the winner of this tie is promotion to Group I in 2013, while the loser will maintain their Group II status for another season. It would be Dominican Republic's first ever appearance in Davis Cup's second tier.

 

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