Colombia are leading the 2011 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I 2nd round play-off 2-0 after achieving the two points at stake on the first day of the tie. The South Americans need only one more point to secure their place in next year’s Americas Group I competition.
The first match of the day saw Colombia’s No. 1 player Santiago Giraldo stepping into the court to face Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez. The difference in ranking between the two players was significant with Giraldo at No. 45 and Gonzalez at No. 533 and this was clearly reflected on the court. Gonzalez did not seem to trouble a confident Giraldo that produced a solid performance that gave Colombia an early 1-0 lead in the tie.
Mexico took an early lead in the second match after its No. 1 player Cesar Ramirez outplayed Alejandro Falla in the first set. However Colombia’s No. 2 Falla managed to recover by winning the second and third sets with an identical score 61. The Mexican No. 1 tried to react in the fourth set but the Colombian maintained his high level and took the match with an overall score of 16 61 61 63.
Today the action continues with the doubles rubber between Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez and Cesar Ramirez and Colombia’s Robert Farah and Juan-Sebastian Cabal. A win for Colombia would complete their victory and secure their presence in next year’s Group I.