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03 February 2013

Europe/Africa Zone Group II: Sunday


Benjamin Balleret (MON)

Finland defeated Bulgaria 3-2

- Venue: Tennis Hall "Sofia''
- Location: Sofia, Bulgaria
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Finland ended Bulgaria's hopes of a home Davis Cup win when Harri Heliovaara won the decisive fifth rubber against Alexander Lazov 46 76 64 63. Heliovaara was a late replacement for Juho Paukku.

Grigor Dimitrov had drawn the hosts level in the fourth rubber with a convincing 60 63 61 defeat of Micke Kontinen. But Finland, who had been 2-1 up after Saturday's doubles, were able to stand firm and now travel to Ireland for the second round in April.

"I expected a close game. The Finnish have six or seven good players so they always have options for a change," said Bulgarian captain Dimitar Gospodinov.

Ireland defeated Estonia 3-2

- Venue: David Lloyd Riverview
- Location: Dublin, Ireland
- Surface: Indoor Hard

The action came down to the wire in Dublin and it was the hosts who came through. Ireland had the 2-1 advantage overnight, but a gritty five-set win for Vladimir Ivanov over James McGee saw the teams back on level terms. Ivanovwon the first two sets but McGee came back, forcing the Estonia to dig deep. He did, winning the fifth set 61.

Heartache quickly followed for the visitors however, as Sam Barry scored a routine 62 61 63 win against Marek Marksoo, who replaced Jaan Kononov for the deciding match.

Latvia defeated Tunisia 3-0

- Venue: Cité Nationale Sportive
- Location: El Menzah, Tunisia
- Surface: Outdoor Hard

The score remained 3-0 in Tunisia on Sunday, as no play was possible due to rain. The scheduled dead reverse singles matches featuring Mohamed Haythem Abid versus Ernests Gulbis and Slim Hamza against Andis Juska were cancelled.

Monaco defeated Belarus 3-1

- Venue: Monte Carlo Country Club
- Location: Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Monaco
- Surface: Outdoor Clay

Benjamin Balleret completed a successful weekend for his country on Sunday, defeating Uladzimir Ignatik 63 36 76 64 in the first reverse singles to send Monaco into the second round. The dead fifth rubber was not played.

Balleret had won his opening singles match against Dzmitry Zhyrmont on Friday, and also enjoyed success in the doubles, teaming with Guillaume Couillard to defeat the Belarusian duo of Max Mirnyi and Andrei Vasilevski in five sets.

Monaco will have another home time, against Latvia, in the next round.

Moldova defeated Hungary 3-2

- Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara
- Location: Chisinau, Moldova
- Surface: Indoor Hard

The hosts reached the second round in Chisinau thanks to a fifth rubber victory for Maxim Dubarenco over Hungary's Viktor Filipenko. Dubarenko won 46 63 64 76 to set up an away tie against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the next round.

Marton Fucsovics had earlier levelled the tie for the Hungarians when he defeated Radu Albot 16 64 61 61.

Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated Luxembourg 4-1

- Venue: Mojmilo Sports Hall
- Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
- Surface: Indoor Hard

Bosnia-Herzogovina reached the second round on Saturday, and a pair of dead singles rubbers on Sunday were split between the nations to make the final scoreline 4-1. Ugo Nastasi got Luxembourg on the scoreboard when he beat Nerman Fatic 46 64 61, Fatic coming in to replace Damir Dzumhur. Aldin Setkin then defeated Luxembourg's Laurent Bram, substituting Mike Scheidweiler, 63 61.

Lithuania defeated Cyprus 4-1

- Venue: Siauliu Arena
- Location: Siauliai, Lithuania
- Surface: Indoor Hard

A win in Saturday's doubles had kept Cyprus in contention in Lithuania, but pulling back a 1-2 deficit proved too much on the final day's play. The hosts grabbed victory in both of Sunday's singles matches, Ricardas Berankis defeating Soteris Hadjistyllis 63 62 61 in the first reverse singles rubber to send Lithuania through. Another home win followed for Lukas Mugevicius in the dead fifth rubber.

Lithuania will travel to Portugal for the next round.

Portugal defeated Benin 5-0

- Venue: Club Internacional de Football
- Location: Lisbon, Portugal
- Surface: Indoor Clay

Rui Machado and Andre Gaspar Murta completed a clean sweep for the Portuguese on the last day in Lisbon, defeating Alexis Klegou and Tunde Segodo respectively. It was a highly successful tie for the hosts, who lost just two sets in the three days.

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