Denis Molchanov Artem Smirnov brought Ukraine the first point in the match of the second round of the First Euro-African zone of the Davis Cup against Portugal.
Front pair match, the captain of the national team of Ukraine Andrei Medvedev has made changes to the application – together with Denis Molchanov is young Ilya Beloborodko out Artem Smirnov. Portuguese his mate left unchanged for an early victory in the court were the players top 100, joão Sousa and Gastao Elias.
The first and only break point of the starting party have earned masters. Unfortunately, Molchanov and Smirnov didn’t hold his serve at the reception did not prevent the opponent to apply for a set.
In the second game the Ukrainian Duo quickly took the lead 5:0 and easily brought the set to its logical conclusion. In the third set advantage Smirnov and Molchanova became two more breaks, and Ukrainians are 2:1.
The last step to the victory was given to the guests is not very easy Molchanov and Smirnov went ahead twice with a break, but every time the Portuguese were able
to restore parity. Elias and Sousa with the score 4:5 also failed to defend his serve, which allowed Ukraine to reduce the backlog in the account. 1:2.
Tomorrow in single meetings “blue-yellow” we need two wins. First on court will be Joao Sousa and Artem Smirnov.
Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa (Portugal) — Denys Molchanov/Artem Smirnov (Ukraine) — 7:5, 1:6, 3:6, 4:6
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