MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY: The doubles rubber that took place at the Carrasco Lawn Tennis Club was a titanic battle that lasted five sets and finished in the home team’s favour 16 76(6) 16 76(5) 62.
Marcel Felder and Pablo Cuevas triumphed on the clay court against the Colombian team of Juan Jose Cabal and Robert Farah.
The Uruguayans negotiated their way, in large part thanks to the vocal home crowd which was like a third player on the court, against a Colombian pair that didn’t feel as comfortable on the court. At the end of the match Cabal declared: “The crowd had a big influence. They helped the Uruguayan team to grow.”
However, the two sets that the Colombians won were quick affairs, both 61. In contrast, the Uruguayans were made to work hard for the second and fourth sets, both finishing in tiebreaks. In the fifth set, full of confidence and the visitors seemingly tiring, the home pair were much more clinical.
“I’m very happy to have got this point and above all proud to have captained my players today,” said an exultant Enrique Perez Casarino, the Uruguay captain.
Pablo Cuevas was in a jovial mood all day, exchanging pleasantries with teammates, captains and rivals. “That’s the way I live and the way I play,” he said. “We have to egg each other on. We were a bit quiet.”
Miguel Tobon, the Colombian captain, reflected on the day’s play when he said: “Today the match got away from us. It happens in tennis. But tomorrow we’re going for the win and we have faith we can do it.”
Pablo Cuevas plays Santiago Giraldo on Sunday, while Marcel Felder could be second on court against Alejandro Falla.
ESTADO DE MEXICO, MEXICO: Canada leads 2-1 against Mexico after winning the doubles rubber of this Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I tie in Metepec.
The Canadian pair of Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic won in four sets 46 63 64 64 against the Mexican duo of Luis Diaz and Miguel Reyes.
The home nation’s players were focused in the first set, especially Reyes, who was anticipating well on his returns and finishing off well at the net. For the Mexicans the key was breaking the serve of Pospisil to go 2-1 and from there winning the set.
At the start of the second set, Pospisil managed to raise his level so much so that both Raonic and he were serving well and they levelled the score at 1-1.
The Mexican pair started to lower the speed of their first serves and committed too many double faults in the third set which allowed the Canadians to break again to take the lead.
In the fourth set, the Canadians broke twice and Raonic was responsible for sealing victory with his lethal serve, some of which were over 200kmph.
“Raonic serves bullets and with this serve we didn’t have a chance,” said Diaz after the match. “We had never played against anyone who serves like that.”
His opponent, Pospisil reflected on victory saying: “It was a good comeback, especially with all the pressure from the crowd.”
Sunday sees the outcome of this tie. The first match will be the battle of the No. 1 players, Daniel Garza for Mexico and Milos Raonic for Canada. Second on is Manuel Sanchez for the home team against Frank Dancevic.