Davis Cup GB v Slovakia

Published on February 20th, 2012

Colin and Ross celebrate their victory

After day 1 of Davis Cup GB were all level with Slovakia at 1-1 after Dan Evans produced a fine display to beat Lacko in straight sets.  However James Ward lost to the Slovakian number 2, making the doubles on the Saturday crucial.

Colin and Ross faced their toughest Davis Cup opponents yet, in the Slovakian pair of Mertinek and Polasek.  The British pair got out of the blocks quickly and got an early break and didnt look back in the first set, winning it 6-3.  The second set was a tighter affair and went the distance.  Colin and Ross managed to sneak it in a tie break 7-4 putting them two sets up.  The Slovaks got an early break against the Brits in the third set and raced into a 3-0 lead.  They then won the next 3 games winning the set 6-0.  However Colin and Ross hung in at the start of the 4th set, holding serve from 0-40 down and eventually getting a break at 3-3 and then winning the set 6-3.  Giving them a victory 6-3 7-6 0-6 6-3.

This gave GB a 2-1 lead going into the Sunday and meant Evans or Ward just needed one victory.  James Ward was up first and lost to Lacko, which again put the responsibility on Dan Evans.  Evans won the first two sets against Klizan  but then was pegged back, with the Slovakian winning the next 2 sets.  However Evans found his form in the 5th set winning in, and giving GB a famous victory 3-2.

GB now play Belgium April 6th-8th.


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