Marcos Baghdatis won his 32nd straight singles rubber as Cyprus ended the day level against Benin in Europe/Africa Zone Group II. The world No.38 faced little resistance from unranked Jean Segodo who managed to win just a single game in each of the three sets. Alexis Klegou levelled the relegation play-off in the second rubber to leave it delicately poised heading into Saturday.
Bulgaria are the only side to take a lead into the second day of the relegation ties as they moved ahead 2-0 against Estonia while both Tunisia and Luxembourg each came back after losing the first rubber to enter the doubles of an equal footing against Belarus and Hungary respectively.
In the second round ties in Zone Group II Portugal raced into a commanding position against Lithuania courtesy of wins from Gastao Elias and Pedro Sousa. Ernests Gulbis continued his fine form to put Latvia ahead but they were pegged back to 1-1 by Monaco in their tie at the Monte Carlo Country Club.
In the final two second round ties Moldova were ahead against Bosnia/Herzegovina having won the opening rubber before play was suspended at the conclusion of the first set of the second match of the day. Harri Heliovaara won an epic encounter for Finland against James McGee 46 64 76(1) 67(4) 64 in 4 hours and 35 minutes in the first rubber of their tie in Dublin before veteran Jarko Nieminen doubled the advantage in straight sets.
To view complete results from Europe/Africa Zone Group II, click the relevant tie below:
Ireland v Finland
Monaco v Latvia
Bosnia/Herzegovina v Moldova
Portugal v Lithuania
Bulgaria v Estonia
Tunisia v Belarus
Hungary v Luxembourg
Cyprus v Benin