Costa Rica and Bahamas both claimed their second win of the week on Tuesday at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group III event in Tobago, moving them to the top of Pool B and in pole position for a promotion challenge.
Having opened with a victory on Monday, Costa Rica and Bahamas followed up with further triumphs over US Virgin Islands and Panama respectively. The two teams are now firm favourites to reach the play-offs on Saturday.
Costa Rica lost just 11 games all day on their way to a routine 3-0 win against US Virgin Islands. Pablo Nunez and Ignaci Roca wrapped up proceedings in the singles rubbers, before Maurizio Feoli and Alan Reifer combined to complete the whitewash.
Nunez got the ball rolling by defeating Nicholas Bass 63 62, then Roca clinched the decisive point by hammering Brian Oldfield 63 60. The doubles rubber saw Feoli and Reifer take down Bass and Alric Plaskett 62 61.
It was a similar story for Bahamas as they prevailed 3-0 against Panama. Walner Espinoza provided some resistance for Panama in the first set of the opening rubber, but once Rodney Carey snatched the ensuing tiebreak it was one-way traffic for Bahamas.
Carey went on to beat Espinoza 76(3) 61, paving the way for Marvin Rolle to sweep aside Luis Fernando Garcia 61 60, sealing the tie in the process. Carey then partnered Philip Major to record a 63 64 doubles win over Garcia and Juan-Jose Fuentes.
In Pool A, Guatemala strengthened their grip on a spot in the play-offs by defeating hosts Trinidad & Tobago 3-0. It was their second victory of the week and leaves them within touching distance of advancing through the group stage.
Trinidad & Tobago had claimed a win of their own on Monday, but the home team were no match for their next opponents as Guatemala stormed to a 3-0 victory for the loss of just 11 games.
All four players from Guatemala got their name on the scoresheet. Julen Iriguen and Christopher Diaz-Figueroa - who, at No. 474, is the highest ranked player competing this week - recorded singles wins, before Wilfredo Gonzalez and Sebastien Vidal successfully teamed up on the doubles court.
Having had a rest day on Monday, Honduras battled back from losing the first rubber to start their campaign with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Aruba. In what proved to be the closest tie of the day, the outcome was decided in the doubles after the two singles matches were split.
Gian Hodgson got Aruba off to the perfect start by overcoming Alejandro Obando 75 46 63, but Ricardo Pineda responded for Honduras with a 75 62 triumph against Ibian Hodgson. The come-from-behind win was completed by Gian Hodgson and Mitchell de Jong, who outlasted Marco Osorio and Keny Turcios 75 26 63.
The week-long Americas Zone Group III event initially sees the ten competing nations divided into two round robin pools. The top two teams in each pool then advance to the play-offs on Saturday with promotion to Group II at stake.
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