Victor Crivoi came back from two-sets-to-one down to defeat Harri Heliovaara in the decisive match 4-6 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 6-3 7-5 in four hours 25 minutes, on Sunday, to bring a 3-2 victory for Romania against Finland and maintain the national team in Zone Group I.At the end of the game, in a tremendous atmosphere created by the fans in Cluj Napoca’s Sports Hall, Crivoi was thrown in the air by his colleagues and by several fans that invaded the court. In the first two matches played on Friday, Victor Crivoi was defeated by Jarkko Nieminen (5-7, 6-1, 6-2), while Marius Copil defeated Harri Heliovaara (3-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4). On Saturday, Romania’s Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau defeated Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen and Harri Heliovaara in the doubles match, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-1. “Maybe I was the hero today for winning the decisive point, but I believe all my teammates are heroes. I thank them for their fight and for the points they won. In what concerns the game, it has to be said that we haven’t felt such pressure in a long time, it’s a pressure comparable to an unfortunate family event, your legs basically turn to jelly. I couldn’t even sleep properly thinking about this match, knowing it’s the last one. I wasn’t physically strong, I didn’t train for a hard surface, a surface I haven’t even played on in the last two years, but the fans were an adrenaline shot and I had to push myself and that’s how I managed to win. I’m extremely tired, it was one of the longest matches of my career,” Crivoi stated after the game, Mediafax informs. Finland has one more chance to stay alive with a second round relegation tie against Denmark in October, according to daviscup.com.
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