SALINAS, ECUADOR: Confirming their place as favourites, the Colombian doubles team of Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah overcame their Ecuadorian opponents Julio Campozano and Diego Hidalgo 64 62 62 in one hour 59 minutes in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group I first round tie in Salinas.
The visiting players maintained their focus for the entirety of the match and played the key points better, which showed in the difference in the score. In particular the play of Cabal, world No. 24 in doubles, stood out as he led his team and had a great day in every sense.
For Ecuador, it was all about the debut of 18-year-old Diego Hidalgo, against whom the Colombian pair played a lot of shots, but who in general made a good impression.
“The key to our victory was being focused for the whole match,” said Cabal. “We could show off our game, which we have been playing together for two years now, and the truth is I felt very solid throughout the whole match. There was a moment where my level dipped but my partner picked me up and I think we were very similar during the match, which showed in the result.”
For his part, Farah had his revenge today after his defeat in yesterday’s singles. He said: “I knew that yesterday, when I lost, I was going to get my chance for revenge today and that made me relax. I prepared well, I rested, ate and slept very well and today I came with everything and it paid off.”
The Colombian also felt his relationship with Cabal was crucial in their victory today, adding: “We have been playing lots of events together, for Campozano and Hidalgo it was their first match together, there’s a difference and we capitalised on that.”
Hidalgo said: “It’s always difficult making a debut, but I think I did well, I felt comfortable on the court, Julio gave me confidence and passed on some words of advice. Yesterday I also spoke with Nico (Lapentti) who told me that I would be nervous, but if I controlled it it would get easier. Despite the defeat I am happy with my debut.”
With this win Colombia take a 2-1 lead over Ecuador in a tie that will be determined on Sunday at 10am (local time) when Campozano takes on Santiago Giraldo and then Ivan Endara of Ecuador will fight for the fifth point against Farah.
Peru thrown a lifeline
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY: Duilio Beretta and Sergio Galdos managed to win the doubles rubber today and kept Peru alive in this tie in Montevideo.
The Peruvian pair defeated Marcel Felder and Martin Cuevas 61 63 36 63 to cut the difference but still Uruguay leads by two points to one.
In spite of his youth, 19-year-old Beretta played his best game of doubles, even though he won the junior doubles titles at Roland Garros and the US Open in 2010.
The tie will finish tomorrow with the singles rubber between Uruguay’s Marcel Felder and Peru’s Beretta, which follows local boy Martin Cuevas against Mauricio Echazu.