Davis Cup: Romania in World Cup playoffs, defeats Ukraine

Romania has managed to win its Davis Cup fixture against Ukraine this week-end and will next play in the World Cup playoffs. Victor Hanescu (photo) sealed the game against Ukraine by defeating Sergiy Stakhovsky, score 6-4, 6-2, 7-5, and taking the overall score to 3-1 for Romania. Thus the result of the last game of the fixture, the one that pits Adrian Ungur against Ilya Marchenko and that ended after the closing of this edition, could no longer change the outcome. “It was tough. Stakhovsky didn’t give up but I eventually managed to win. It was a tense game. I had problems with my foot and I was tired after the numerous tournaments I took part in lately, but I am glad I made it,” Hanescu said after the game.

Victor Hanescu won Romania’s first point in its Davis Cup game against Ukraine, a game counting for round two of Europe-Africa zone’s Group I, after defeating Ilya Marchenko (79th in ATP standings), score 7-6 (1), 7-5, 6-4.

‘It was a very difficult game for me. I met an uncomfortable player that has a difficult style. I am glad I found the good, smart solutions and I managed to win. I stayed calm and eventually all went well. I am very tired, especially since I played after a long season with a lot of lengthy games on clay courts,’ Hanescu stated for TVR after the game.

Adrian Ungur lost his first Davis Cup game. Ukraine’s number one player Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated Ungur (167th ATP) in four sets, score 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-5, 7-5. On Saturday Romania took the lead (score 2-1) after Victor Hanescu/Horia Tecau defeated Sergei Bubka/ Sergiy Stakhovsky, score 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.

‘It wasn’t difficult to convince Victor to play in the doubles game too. It turned out to be a good decision. I staked on experience; they played very well. I had nothing to tell them, no advice to give. We have to play each game with the best team we have. Now that we lead by 2 points to 1 our chances are even greater,’ Romanian head coach Andrei Pavel stated after the game.

Adrian Ungur played against Ilya Marchenko in the last game of the Davis Cup fixture on Sunday evening, after the closing of this edition.

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