Davis Cup: Romania vs. Finland this weekend

Romania’s Davis Cup team will meet Finland this week-end, trying to remain in Group 1 of the competition’s Europe/Africa Zone. The game will take place in Cluj Napoca’s ‘Horia Demian’ Sports Hall. According to Thursday’s draw, the games will take place as follows: Friday: Victor Crivoi vs, Jarkko Nieminen and Marius Copil vs Harri Heliovarra; Saturday: Horia Tecau / Florin Mergea vs Jarkko Nieminen / Timo Nieminen; Sunday: Marius Copil vs Jarkko Nieminenand Victor Crivoi vs Harri HeliovarraThe two teams met only once before, in 1996 in Finland. Our team won that game, 3-2. The good news for Romania is that despite his disagreements with the Romanian Tennis Federation, Horia Tecau, winner of multiple titles in doubles events, has decided to return to the team. “I returned for Romania and for the fans and I want to ask them to be by our side at the games in Cluj-Napoca, to support us all the way through, to put pressure on the Finnish players. We need them in the hall,” Tecau stated, onlinesport.ro informs. Early this year, Victor Hanescu, Adrian Ungur, Marius Copil, Victor Crivoi and Horia Tecau announced that they refuse to answer the call-ups at the national team unless Andrei Pavel is reinstated as captain of the Davis Cup team. Victor Hanescu and Adrian Ungur, the best-ranking Romanian players in the ATP standings, refused to take part in the Davis Cup game this week-end. The Romanian tennis player considers that the first three matches of the game against Finland will have an enormous importance. “We have to concentrate on these three points on Friday and Saturday. It will be difficult without Hanescu and Ungur, but we have to understand them,” Tecau underlined. Finland’s captain Kim Tiilikainen stated for Mediafax that he expects difficult matches. “It will be a very difficult confrontation and I expect five matches. It’s difficult to say who will win, but Romania wants to win just as we do,” Tiilikainen stated. Romania has played a total of 139 Davis Cup games so far, registering 71 wins and 68 defeats. Romania was in the World Group for 14 times and was three-time finalist in 1969, 1971 and 1972.


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