The national team of Ukraine took the lead in the match the playoffs in the First group of the Davis Cup against Portugal.
With the score tied the second game of the day started with a doubles match. Played a duet Sergiy Stakhovsky and Denis Molchanov met with Gastao by Elias and Joao Souza, who have lost their last five matches in the duet, and the last joint victory in February 2017.
At the start of the match, Stakhovsky and Molchanov quickly made two breaks and led 4:0. The following three games left for the Portuguese, but the comeback is not reached – the ending of the set Stakhovsky and Molchanov held exemplary.
In the second game all went to the confident victory of Ukraine. In the fifth game, the hosts took the lead with a break 3:2, but Elias and Souza found the strength to return to the game. The Portuguese gave a series of two breaks and moved the game in the deciding set.
The third set Stakhovsky and Molchanov started with losing the game on his serve. Portugal was close to another break but the Ukrainians kept the hope for a comeback. With the score 4:5 Sergei and Denis still managed to make a back break, and the tie-break decided the ACE Stakhovsky.
Due to a comeback victory in the doubles match Ukraine was one step away from maintaining residence in the First group of the Davis Cup. In singles matches Sergiy Stakhovsky will play against Joao Souza, and Illya Marchenko game with Pedro Souza.
Ukraine 2:1 Portugal
Sergiy Stakhovsky/Denys Molchanov – Gastao Elias/Joao Sousa– 6:4, 3:6, 7:6
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