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01 February 2013

Europe/Africa Zone Group I: Friday


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Polish Tennis AssociationJerzy Janowicz (POL)

Poland v Slovenia

- Venue: Centennial Hall in Wroclaw
- Location: Wroclaw, Poland
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Poland has taken a comfortable 2-0 lead over Slovenia after the first day's play in Wroclaw. The big serving Polish No. 1 Jerzy Janowicz gave the hosts the perfect start with a 63 63 75 victory over Blaz Kavcic. Luka Kubot then overturned a ranking gap of 18 place to overwhelm Slovenian No. 1 Grega Zemlja 63 63 60.

The experienced paring of Marius Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski will start as favourites in Saturday's doubles rubber against Kavcic and Zemlja.

Romania v Denmark

- Venue:Sala Sporturilor "Horia Demian"
- Location: Cluj Napoca, Romania
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Adrian Ungur overcame a valiant fightback from Martin Pedersen to seal a five set victory and give Romania a 2-0 lead after the first day's play in Cluj. The Romanian took the first two sets before Pedersen found his range and forced the rubber into a deciding set. Ungur regained the supremacy and after three hours thirty five minutes sealed victory for Romania.

It was more straightforward for Marius Copil in the first rubber with the Romanian defeating reigning Wimbledon men's doubles champion Frederik Nielsen in straight sets. The home side are strong favourites to clinch the tie in Saturday's doubles where Horia Tecau and Florian Mergea, both ranked inside the Top 100 in Doubles, will look to seal the tie.

Ukraine v Slovak Republic

- Venue: TC Premier
- Location: Kremenchug, Ukraine
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Lucas Lacko defeated Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets to level the tie at 1-1 after the first day's play in Kremenchug. In a close fought match which lasted over three hours the pair traded the first two sets before Lacko clinched the third set tie break. The Slovak went on to seal victory and leave the tie evently posied.

Earlier, in the first singles, Alexandr Dolgopolov, making his first appearance for Ukraine in Davis Cup since 2007 defeated Andrej Martins sets to give the Ukrainians an early lead. Illya Marchenko and Denys Molchanov will hope to seal a 2-1 advantage for the homse side in Saturday's crucial pair. The Ukrainians are scheduled to face Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay.

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