Brazil qualifies for World Group play-offs
Brazil confirmed the predictions and completed a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Uruguay in Montevideo to qualify for the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs in September.
The vital third point was secured on Saturday by Thomaz Bellucci and Bruno Soares with a 64 63 63 victory over Uruguayans Martin Cuevas and Marcel Felder.
Bellucci and Soares controlled the match at all times while the Uruguayans never fully recovered from a very poor start that saw them 4-0 down in a matter of minutes. "We didn´t start well," admitted Felder.
It will be the sixth consecutive time that Brazil competes in the World Group play-offs. The South Americans played in the top tier of the competition for the last time in 2003.
"The players showed great personality and determination," said captain Joao Zwetsch. "We have played all the matches at a very good level. This is very important and I´m very happy."
Uruguay, on the other hand, will compete again in Americas Zone Group I in 2012. "To think that we can reach the play-offs is a mistake. Our goal was always not to be relegated," said the Uruguayan captain Enrique Perez Cassarino.
The World Group play-offs draw will take place next Wednesday, 13 July, and the ties will be played on 16-18 September. The seeds will be announced on Monday, when the new Davis Cup nation’s ranking is confirmed.
"Our desire is to play in Brazil, in front of our crowd," said Zwetsch. Although it still needs confirmation, Brazil’s rival could be one of the following nations: Russia, Czech Republic, Romania, Chile, Croatia, Austria and Israel.
Canadians win doubles to keep tie alive
The experience of seven-time doubles Grand Slam winner Daniel Nestor played a key role in the victory that Canada earned last night at the Guayaquil Tennis Club.
The 38-year-old doubles player played alongside Vasek Pospisil and beat the Ecuadorian pair, formed by the two 19-year-old cousins Emilio Gomez and Roberto Quiroz, with an overall score of 76(4) 64 75.
The young local tennis players were cheered constantly by the crowd and also by Andres Gomez, father of Emilio and uncle of Roberto, who won Roland Garros in 1990 and played 78 Davis Cup matches throughout his career.
Despite the extreme difference in ranking, the Ecuadorians played very confidently and managed to earn three set points in the first set. However, Nestor´s powerful serve saved the situation for Canada. The set went into the tiebreak and the North Americans ended up taking it 7-4.
Nestor and Pospisil seemed to gain confidence and started the second set with a break. The rest of the set was very even with both teams holding serve. In the end the locals couldn’t manage to break back and lost the set 64.
The third set was also very even and the Ecuadorian players even had a couple of break points, but Nestor´s class appeared always when most needed. Eventually, the Canadians broke the Ecuadorian’s service again and wrapped the set with a score of 75.
"I feel relieved now. I didn´t know what to expect from these guys [Gomez and Quiroz], the match was absolutely unpredictable. It was very difficult, especially at the beginning.
"They had a good chance in the first set but we were always very close. We played the tiebreak better and won. From that moment on, we started playing better," said doubles world no. 4 Nestor.
It was also a very special night for Roberto Quiroz who had his debut in Davis Cup. "I´m very happy and enjoyed the match a lot, it´s an incredible day for me," said the young Ecuadorian.