Three days and five games
Belarusian tennis players defeated the Turkish national team in the away matches — 3:2 — to qualify for the 3rd round of the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II
Team of Belarusian tennis players
Only five matches were needed to reveal the winner. On the first day, the rivals exchanged victories in single matches, with first Yegor Gerasimov losing to Marsel Ilhan (7:6, 6:4, 3:6, 2:6, 7:9) and then Dmitry Zhirmont defeating Cem Ilkel (6:3, 6:2, 2:6, 7:5). The next day saw the Belarusian duo of Max Mirnyi and Sergey Betov beating Baris Erguden and Anil Yuksel (6:2, 6:1, 6:4). On the final day of the competition Dmitry Zhirmont lost to Marsel Ilhan (6, 3:6, 3:6, 2:6), but Yegor Gerasimov brought total victory to Belarusians in the decisive match, winning over Cem Ilkel (:2, 7:6, 3:6, 7:6).
The Belarusian national tennis team will face the Portuguese squad in the 3rd round of the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II, which defeated Finland in the 2nd round. The match is scheduled for September 18th-20th at the Portuguese tennis ground.
By Igor Grishin