Zimbabwe in Davis Cup advantage

Zimbabwe in Davis Cup advantage
Published: 04 February 2018 (446 Views)
The Zimbabwe Davis Cup team is on the brink of progressing to the second round of the Euro/Africa Zone Group II following inspired performances by the country's top two players Benjamin Lock and Takanyi Garanganga in the singles rubbers on the first day of the competition at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

After taking a 2-0 lead Zimbabwe will be looking for one more win to beat their fancied opponents from Eastern Europe, when the two clash in the doubles and singles reverse fixtures today.

Lock, the country's number one player, needed three sets to overcome a gallant Altug Celikbilek 6-4 1-6 6-3 in 1 hour 56 minutes.

But it was Garanganga who was more impressive dispatching Turkey's number one player Cem Ilkel, ranked 242 places above him on the ITF ladder, in straight sets

Garanganga beat Ilkel 6-4 7-5 in front of an appreciative home crowd.

"It was fantastic performance by the boys. Benjy had a tough one and he lost his way in the second set but he managed to pull through. Any team that goes into the Davis Cup and find themselves 2-0 on the first day, that's the prefect position. We need to wrap it up in the doubles and we just have to get ready for the doubles encounter," said an ecstatic returning non-playing captain Gwinyai Tongoona.

Zimbabwe has to guard against complacency today as the team seeks a single victory out of three today.

But Tongoona believes that his players have been around enough to know that things can change in a flash.

"I think they know already they have been playing Davis Cup for a long time, they both know that things can change very easily. We just have to make our game plan tonight. The doubles match is going to be tough, there is no guarantee because Turkey has a very strong doubles team," he said.

Lock was the first in the court as he broke Celikbilek once to take the first set.

Celikbilek took the game to Lock in the second set breaking twice to claim it 6-1 but Lock improved his service game in the decider to give Zimbabwe a crucial lead.

"We were both nervous at the beginning but I played a good serving game in the first and third set. Full credit to him, he played well in the second I knew I had to break his momentum in the final set," Lock said.

Soon after overcoming Celikbilek, Lock tipped Garanganga to upset Ilkel and he did just that.

Garanganga then broke Ilkel in the very first game of their matchup which may have been a good omen.

Despite struggling to get his first serve in, every other trick he tried on the net came good to hand him a big win.

"Ben set the tempo for the tie and I am glad that he won. I have played the guy before I had a shaky start but I just stayed with the strategy and it paid off. It was crucial that I played disciplined tennis," Garanganga said.

Matches begin at 10am this morning.

- the standard

Tags: Davis, Cup, Tennis,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

'Zimbabwe polls were meant to start new era'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 77 Views

Police 'cooked up documents used to drag Biti from Zambia

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 75 Views

'Punish Zimbabwe's rogue soldiers'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 65 Views

Tshinga Dube won't let go

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 97 Views

Electoral outcome predetermined

by Maxwell Sibanda | 18 August 2018 | 54 Views

General Valerio Sibanda issued statement under duress, says Mutsekwa

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 70 Views

Grace Mugabe enjoying life

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 60 Views

Mnangagwa splashes over $1 million on new limo

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 59 Views

Chivayo, Kadungure in trouble

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 51 Views

'Biti acted illegally'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 67 Views

'Poop at my doorstep'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 61 Views

Church leader wanted sex

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 71 Views

Mliswa under attack for visiting Johane Masowe shrine

by Simbarashe Sithole | 18 August 2018 | 81 Views

Kofi Annan dies

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 63 Views

Exposed Chief's wife goes berserk threatening all and sundry!

by Concerned Murowa Ward Community | 18 August 2018 | 120 Views

'Senzeni na' guitarist dies

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 87 Views

Chiwenga's trip to Russia suspicious

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 158 Views

Nkayi youths train on active citizenship

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 67 Views

Inside Chamisa's Campaign

by Sam Wezhira | 18 August 2018 | 124 Views

Nkomo pledges to donate to Gwampa ECD

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 58 Views

Chief Justice gives Chamisa deadline

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2018 | 92 Views

Grace Mugabe 'fake' degree gets UZ vice-chancellor suspended

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2018 | 69 Views

Zimbabwe police warns against illegal gatherings

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2018 | 59 Views

Chamisa is not a factor in parliament, which is good

by Igomombe | 18 August 2018 | 81 Views

'Con-Court must be free to decide,' says Chiwenga

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 65 Views

Chamisa in dilemma

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 100 Views

Prophet blew cover on $1m gold theft

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 62 Views

'Proving poll rigging allegations an uphill task'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 60 Views

Man in 'fiery revenge'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 61 Views

Trapped artisanal miner dies after five days in mine

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 46 Views

WATCH: Donel Mangena back in Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 46 Views

High court reverses AFM church evictions

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 57 Views

Zimbabwean breaks SA wine auction record

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 52 Views

'No valid application before the court'

by Priscilla Makanyara Chigumba | 18 August 2018 | 73 Views

Challenges for Chamisa's SA lawyers

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 57 Views