Switzerland into Davis Cup World Cup past Belarus


Switzerland into Davis Cup World Cup past Belarus

Tennis players of the Belarusian national team could not make it to the Davis Cup World Group having lost to Switzerland 2:3.

In the decisive singles match Belarusian Yaroslav Shilo lost to Swiss tennis player Marco Chiudinelli, 4:6, 3:6, 4:6. Yaroslav tried to impose his game on a more experienced opponent, but the Swiss' nerves proved to be stronger, and he achieved success in 2 hours 11 minutes.

Throughout all the three days the five-match tie in the Swiss Biel was very tense. On the first day, on September 15, the teams exchanged victories: first Yaraslau Shyla won against Henri Laaksonen 6:4, 6:2, 7:6 (7:3), then Marco Chiudinelli defeated Dmitry Zhirmont 6:3, 4:6, 6:4, 6:3. On Saturday, September 16, in the doubles match, the veteran of the Belarusian squad Maxim Mirny and his young teammate Andrei Vasilevsky scored a difficult victory against Adrian Bodmer/Luca Margaroli 7:6 (8:6), 7:6 (7:4), 7:6 (7:3). On the final day of the competition Laaksonen outplayed Zhirmont 6:2, 6:2, 5:7, 6:2, and in the decisive match, Chiudinelli outplayed Shyla.

The Belarusian team played for the last time in the Davis Cup World Cup in 2007. Coach Vladimir Voltchkov's charges will start the next season of the Davis Cup, as well as this one, in the first group of the Euro-African Zone. This year, Belarus made their way to the playoffs of the World Group after beating Romania - 3:2 and Austria - 3:1.

Among the other Davis Cup matches of the weekend it's worth noting Kazakhstan's win over Argentina (3:2). The latter won the Davis Cup last year. Russian tennis players lost at home Hungarians (1:3), the Netherlands defeated the Czechs (3:2) at home, the German national team beat Portugal 3:2 on the road.

The day before, the participants of the Davis Cup final were decided. In the final, which will be held on November 24-26, France will play against the Belgium. France beat the home Serbs in the semi-final 3:1, while Belgium defeated Australians at home 3:2.