Belarus defeat Turkey in second round of Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II

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Belarus defeat Turkey in second round of Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II

Belarusian tennis players defeated the visiting Turkish team and reached the third round of Group II Euro-African zone of the Davis Cup.

To determine the winner, the sides had to play all five matches. 

On the first day, on July 17, the rivals exchanged victories.  

On the second day, on July 18, there was held a doubles match. Belarusian Max Mirnyi (38th in the doubles ranking) and Sergei Betov (74) were much stronger than Baris Erguden (679) and Anil Yuksel (668), 6:2, 6:1, 6:4.

On the last day, two decisive games were held. The first player of Team Turkey Marsel İlhan (No.78 in the ATP ranking) took over the Belarusian Dmitri Zhirmont (241), 6:7 (6:8), 6:3, 6:3, 6:2.

Then Belarusian tennis player Egor Gerasimov (327) barely broke the resistance of Cem İlkel (438), 6:2, 7:6 (7:5), 3:6, 7:6 (7:5).

Belarus defeated Turkey 3-2 in a difficult tie.

Belarus on September 18-20 will take on Portugal, who won against Finland in the second round.

In this year's Davis Cup, the Belarusians defeated Ireland 5-0, while Turkey took over South Africa 3-2. Belarus are 55th in the Davis Cup, while Turkey are 62nd. Belarus' future rivals Portugal are in 50th.