Davis Cup: Romania defeated by Ukraine

Romania’s Davis Cup team was defeated last week-end by Ukraine, loosing this way the opportunity to play in the play-offs for the World Group.Victor Hanescu lost on Sunday afternoon against Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 3-6, making the overall  score 3-1 for Ukraine so that the last match, between Adrian Ungur and Illya Marchenko could not change the fate of the encounter.
After losing the first two games on Friday, Romania’s tennis team managed to come back in its Davis Cup fixture against Ukraine in Dnepropetrovsk, a fixture counting for the first round of Europe-Africa Zone’s Group 1, by winning the doubles game on Saturday. Thus, Horia Tecau and Marius Copil defeated Ukraine’s Denys Molchanov and Sergey Bubka Jr., score 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, and made the overall score 2-1 for Ukraine.  With Horia Tecau suffering from a muscle sprain at his left leg, the Romanian pair eventually capitalized on its technical superiority, staking on short exchanges made possible by a powerful and well-placed service from both players.
In the first two games that took place on Friday, Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky defeated Romania’s Adrian Ungur, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, while Illya Marchenko defeated Victor Hanescu, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-4.
Germany condemns Spain to second straight play-off
Spain suffered first round despair for the second year running in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group after scratch pairing Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber won a nerve-shredding doubles rubber to give hosts Germany an unassailable 3-0 lead in Frankfurt on Saturday, according to
World Tour Finals winners Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero fought desperately to keep five-times champions Spain alive after the loss of both Friday’s singles matches but they were eventually subdued as the German duo won a thriller 76 67 76 63 in the noisy Fraport Arena.
Fittingly it was veteran Tommy Haas who clinched it for Germany with a first serve that forced an error from Spain’s Verdasco after nearly three and a half hours of toe-to-toe combat.
The 35-year-old world No. 12, playing only his second Davis Cup tie in seven years, led the celebrations at the end as Germany moved into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 with a day to spare.
Germany, who last won the trophy in 1993, can now plan for a quarterfinal against France in April and Haas knows this year may be his best chance to add a Davis Cup title to his CV.
“We are going to give it a real try,” said Haas, who learned he would partner Kohlschreiber rather than Daniel Brands in the morning, said after joining his team mates in soaking captain Carsten Arriens with champagne. There are a lot of tough nations but it’s great fun to be part of a team that’s so hungry and talented. For me time is running out so if there’s going to be a chance it’s possibly going to be this year. I will give everything to participate.”

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