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02 February 2013

Europe/Africa Zone Group I: Saturday


Photo: Polish Tennis AssociationBlaz Kavcic and Grega Zemlja (SLO)

Poland leads Slovenia 2-1

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

Grega Zemlja and Blaz Kavcic stunned established pairing Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski to put Slovenia on the scoreboard against Poland with victory in Saturday's doubles rubber.

Kavcic and Zemlja had both lost their opening singles encounters in straight sets, Kavic falling 63 63 75 to Jerzy Janowicz before Zemlja lost 63 63 60 to Lukasz Kubot. But the pair proved a winning combination in the doubles, getting the better of  the 2011 US Open finalists in a thrilling 4 hours and 7 minutes as they triumphed 63 26 62 46 13-11. It was the first time the pair had been defeated on Davis Cup duty on home soil.  

"Grega served very well today," admitted Polish captain Radoslaw Szymanik. "His efficiency was high. From the very beginning the game was just not going our way. When we got in control of the match, they woke up and started to play even better. But it’s not over yet. We are ahead 2-1."

"It’s the biggest win in our doubles carrers," Zemlja said. "I hope we will recover tomorrow."

Zemlja will try to stop Janowicz in the first reverse singles on Sunday, with the Pole knowing that a win would put the Poles through to a home tie with South Africa on April 5-7 and just one step away from the World Group Play-offs.

Romania defeated Denmark 3-0

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

Romania defeated Denmark after victory in the doubles earned them an unassailable 3-0 lead and set up a second round tie with Netherlands in Europe/Africa Zone Group I on April 5-7.

Saturday's doubles rubber involved a three-time Wimbledon doubles finalist and the 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion, but it was the serial runner-up who came off best as Horia Tecau combined with Florin Mergea to defeat Frederik Nielsen and his partner Thomas Kromann 76(3) 62 64.

Marius Copil set the hosts off and running on day one with a 63 76(7) 64 victory over Nielsen before Adrian Ungur fended off a fightback from Martin Pedersen to triumph 62 76(3) 46 46 62 before Tecau and Mergea secured Romania's spot in the second round.

Slovak Republic leads Ukraine 2-1

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

Slovak Republic moved into a surprise 2-1 lead going into the final day against Ukraine after Filip Polasek and Igor Zelenay emerged on the right side of two tie-break sets to defeat Alexandr Dolgopolov and Sergiy Stakhovsky in Saturday's doubles rubber.

With Zelenay ranked No. 88 in doubles and Polasek way down at No. 1579 in the singles ladder, the Slovaks 76(4) 76(3) 63 triumph represented a major scalp. Dolgopolov, ranked at No. 23 in the world, will aim to keep the tie alive for Ukraine in Sunday's opening reverse singles rubber when he takes on world No. 49 Lukas Lacko for the first time.

The winners are bidding for a Europe/Africa Zone Group II second round tie against Sweden, who recieved a bye into the round. The winning nation will advance to the World Group Play-offs.

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