DAVIS CUP - WORLD GROUP - 1ST ROUND - SPAIN VS. EAST CWLAND - LOGRONO, SPAIN
Drake dispatches Emelio to keep tie alive
has earned a measure of revenge for his doubles loss yesterday as he easily accounted for World No. 26 Sanchez Emelio
in a must-win contest to keep East CWLand in the first round tie. Just one loss away from returning to the World Group play-offs, Drake was breathing fire early as he thrashed a shellshocked Emelio early with some heavy hitting and high-energy tennis. In a first set which lasted just 36 minutes, Drake landed huge blows with eleven winners to take the set 6-1 to leave the Logrono crowd silent.
Emelio began to work his way back into rallies in the second, and started creating chances on the Drake serve. But with five break point opportunities for the set, Emelio failed to covert any and it was the East CWLander who had everything to smile about as he secured a late break to move to two sets to love. Emelio needed something special in the third, but yet again could not secure the much-needed break despite three more opportunities as Drake, with four from eleven of his own chances, levelled the tie at 2-2 with a 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 win to end a fairly successful weekend for him individually.
This afternoon, Randy Smeltz
looks to avenge his surprising loss on Friday against World No. 39 Sergio Joaquín
def. Sanchez Emelio
, 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.
- BUENOS AIRES, Argentina. Despite a strong showing on Friday, Radivoj Daneu still looks to be struggling for form as he was beaten 3-6, 3-6 by Juan Moreno. The result does not particularly matter as Serbia are already through to the second round, but Miguel Bertolotto will look to reduce it to a 2-3 loss this afternoon when he faces Dusko Milosevic.
- STOCKHOLM, Sweden. They will face Sweden in the quarter finals after Björn Donaldson wrapped it up for the local team against Japan's Ninteh Doh with a straightforward 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 win.
- WINSTON-SALEM, NC, USA. World No. 1 Jason Hall made light work of a brave Bogdan Maurer to secure the US an unassailable 3-1 lead. The USA are favourites to win the competition, but Darcy Cowan will not get the chance to avenge his loss earlier in the week as Hugh James faces teenager George Costea.
- GENEVA, Switzerland. He may not be in the greatest of form on the ATP circuit, but Almen Benaglio has secured a quarter final place for Switzerland with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 win over Jefferson Quezada. Chile have had obvious problems with the carpet surface this week, and will be happy to have even taken a point on it.
- WIMBLEDON, London, England. It gets worse for Great Britain as they slumped to a 0-4 deficit at home to Austria. Smarting with the loss of Henry Charles to injury last week, the Brits have been embarassed on the famous grass courts. The newest victim was Oscar Highsmith who fell 4-6, 0-6 to Heinz Hainisch.
- POREC, Croatia. Radek Spidla has made a disappointing return to the clay as he was unable to keep the Czech Republic in the tie against Croatia. World No. 11 Miroslav Brdar overcame a second set hiccup to control the match on the red clay with a strong 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win.
- BREE, Belgium. The tie in Belgium comes down to a final showdown between Mark Harmel and Boris Denisov after Yves Parmentier stunned Dmitry Orlov in straight sets. After Russia originally led the tie 2-0, they've dropped the last two points as Parmentier completed his resurgance after Friday's loss with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 upset.