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03 February 2013

Europe/Africa Zone Group I: Sunday


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Poland Tennis AssociationJerzy Janowicz (POL)

Poland defeated Slovenia 3-2

- Venue: Centennial Hall in Wroclaw
- Location: Wroclaw, Poland
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Polish No.1 Jerzy Janowicz won the decisive fourth rubber for his country to secure a Europe/Africa Zone Group I second round tie against South Africa. Janowicz fended off early resistance to defeat Grega Zemlja, who had been struggling with a virus but still managed to test the Pole in the opener, 76(4) 63 63 at Centennial Hall in Wrocław.

"I did feel a lot of pressure. Especially in that first set," admitted Janowicz. "I knew that Lukasz (Kubot) was injured and I couldn’t let Slovenia equalise the score as we just didn’t have anybody prepared for the 5th match."

Zemlja, meanwhile, was left to rue his failure to capture the second set.

"I think that first set decided [the match]," he said. "If I had won the tie-break it would have been much easier to keep the pace later. Also it would make things more difficult for my opponent."

In the final match of the tie, Mariusz Fyrstenberg, a doubles specialist, tested his fitness in singles. The Pole had recently undergone knee surgery and struggled to make his opportunities pay against Tomislav Ternar, falling 46 75 75.

Romania defeated Denmark 5-0

- Venue:Sala Sporturilor "Horia Demian"
- Location: Cluj Napoca, Romania
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Romania extended the scoreline in Cluj Napoca to an emphatic 5-0 against Denmark, thanks to a further two victories from Friday’s heroes Adrian Ungur and Marius Copil.

Ungur defeated Thomas Kromann 63 64 before Copil saw off Davis Cup newbie Christoffer Konigsfeldt 64 63 who was on court for the first time this weekend.

Denmark was back in Group I for the first time in 15 years but will now have to face the  dreaded relegation play-off to keep their place in the top tier of Europe/Africa. Romania has spent the majority of the past decade in the World Group, but has been teetering on the edge, and so in April it will have to earn its place in the elite eight once again by taking on Netherlands.

Ukraine defeated Slovak Republic 3-2

- Venue: TC Premier
- Location: Kremenchug, Ukraine
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Ukraine and Slovak Republic went down to the wire in Kremenchug. With the Slovaks having edged ahead 2-1 at the end of day two, Ukraine needed to rely on its star player, world No. 23 Alexandr Dolgopolov and - in the end - he didn’t disappont.

From a set down against Lukas Lacko, Dolgopolov then ran away with the all-important win, seeing off No. 49 Lacko 36 63 62 61. Then, Ukrainian captain Mikhail Filima pulled up 150-ranked Illya Marchenko for the live fifth rubber instead of fielding Sergiy Stakhovsky, who had lost both his matches this weekend.

The decider went the way of the rankings with Marchenko beating Andrej Martin 75 76 64.
Ukraine will be at home to Sweden next in the final round of Group I that determines which nation will reach the World Group play-offs in September. Only once has Ukraine travelled that far – back in 2009 where it’s run was cut short in a thrilling live fifth rubber tie against Belgium. The nation will hope to have Dolgopolov on board again; this was his first Davis Cup tie in six years.

 

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