Emilio Gomez sealed Ecuador’s place in September’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs by defeating Chile’s Christian Garin in four in the decisive fifth rubber of their Americas Group I second round clash.
With honours even after the opening day, Chilean pair Jorge Aguilar and Paul Capdeville combined to defeated Ecuador’s Emilio Gomez and Roberto Quiroz 46 76(5) 63 75 to give Chile a slender lead going into day three.
Capdeville returned to the court first up on Sunday in the reverse singles with the chance to seal victory, having already played a part in both of Chile’s victories thus far. Having claimed the first set over Julio-Cesar Campozano, Capdeville began to deteriorate, with physical exhaustion forcing his eventual retirement in the fourth set.
With the tie now balanced at two apiece, Emilio Gomez completed Ecuador’s comeback by claiming the all-important fifth rubber over his sixteen year old opponent, Christian Garin, 64 46 63 76(1).
In the Group’s other tie, Colombia were already assured victory thanks to Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah securing the vital third point in their tie against Uruguay on Saturday. That booked Colombia a place in the World Group play-offs for the first time since 2010.
Santiago Giraldo and Alejandro Falla had set up the victory with singles victories on the first day but Cabal and Farah had anything but a straight forward encounter with Arial Behar and Marcel Felder but eventually took the win, 64 36 63 57 64 in 3 hours 20 minutes.
On Sunday, Alejandro Falla’s dead rubber victory 60 61 over Uruguay’s Rodrigo Senattore completed a 4-0 victory for Colombia.