Slovakia beats Poland in Davis Cup, remaining in the 1st group

Slovak tennis players helped their Davis Cup team proceed to the next round. But the weekend duel was far from smooth.

Norbert Gombos in beats Poland in the decissive match of Davis Cup 2017, September 17. (Source: SITA)

Slovak Norbert Gombos beat Polish player Kamil Majchrzak on September 17 (6:1, 6:2, 6:4), ultimately keeping his country in the 1st group belonging to the 2017 Davis Cup’s Euro-African zone, the Sme daily wrote on the same day. After the initial singles’ matches on September 15 (Norbert Gombos - Hubert Hurkacz 6:2, 6:2, 3:6, 6:4; Andrej Martin - Kamil Majchrzak 7:5, 4:6, 6:3, 6:3), the next day saw the Poles prevail in doubles: Andrej Martin, Igor Zelenay - Mateusz Kowalczyk, Lukasz Kubot 7:6 (3), 3:6, 3:6, 2:6. In the end theSaturday score was 2:1 for Slovakia, but the Sunday matches were expected to be decisive.

After Gombos beat Majchrzak in a match deemed crucial for the final result, the final, fourth point was won by Jozef Kovalík, who beat Hubert Hurkacz 6:4, 7:5.

The second round duel of the Davis Cup play-off ended 4:1 to the benefit of Slovakia. The Slovaks got their revenge for their 2015 defeat by the Polish team– in the Polish city of Gdynia – and the final mutual score is now 2:1, Sme wrote.

Gombos dominated Sunday’s match, winning the first set and playing aggressive tennis, the daily wrote. It added that Majchrzak seemed helpless and clueless. Finally, Gombos was successful with a matchball, the set score being 5:4.

After the match Norbert Gombos said: “This is an unbelievable feeling. The more because two years ago, I failed to win for our team when the score was 2:2 in the fight for the world group,” he noted. “I was also very motivated by the position of team leader: I didn’t want to disappoint my teammates and all Slovakia. I’m very happy I managed to do it in three sets. It didn’t turn into a big drama. However, the game was not as easy as it seems from the result…I had to run a lot.”

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