Ukrainian men’s team tennis defeated Portugal and has maintained a place in the First group of Euro-African zone.
In the first match of the second day’s play Denys Molchanov and Sergiy Stakhovsky in a pair of opposed , Gastao Elias and joão Sous. The game ended with a score of 6:4, 3:6 7:6 in favor of the Ukrainians.
Stakhovsky and Molchanov confidently started the match by winning the first set with the score 6: 4, but failed to build on their success. They lost the second game with the score 3:6, and then lost his serve in the third set. But the Ukrainians managed to tie the score in the 10th game and turned the game into a decisive tie-break. In this Stakhovsky and Molchanov got 3 points on the opponent’s serve, losing two of their submission.
In the second match of the day Sergiy Stakhovsky got the third point for Ukraine and won the match duel Ukraine – Portugal.
The first racket of Ukraine in this confrontation confidently defeated Joao Souzou in the first set, giving him only two games. In the second game, the Portuguese clung to every point twice and made two breaks, thanks to which sent the game to a third party. But in the third game Stakhovsky coolly you played the break-points in the final set broke the flow of Portuguese 6:2, 4:6, 6:4.
Victory over the Portuguese have allowed Ukraine to maintain a place in the First group of Afro-European zone for the next season of the Davis Cup. Portugal, in turn, was relegated to the Second group.
Sergiy Stakhovsky/Denys Molchanov – João Sousa/Elias Gastao 2:1 (6:4, 3:6, 7:6)
Sergiy Stakhovsky – Joao Souza 2:1 (6:2, 4:6, 6:4)
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