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.”
18. Sep 2017 at 15:29 | Compiled by Spectator staff