Ukrainian men’s team tennis in the match against Portugal defended place in the First group of the Davis Cup.
Dramatic victory in the doubles match started before Ukraine real prospects for the final triumph in a home confrontation with Portugal. First chance to close all the questions in the match with the leader of the guests Joao Souza introduced to Sergey Stakhovsky. The players spent a fifth time, a favorite of which was considered Souza, one of the top 50 in the world rankings.
The first set was held with tangible advantage Stakhovsky – Sergiy made two breaks, but on his serve he played four break points.
In the second game of the double-Souza took advantage of the abundance of marriage in the game Stakhovsky. After the second break, the Portuguese four times defended his serve and tied the score in the match.
The culmination of the decisive set became the ninth game with the score 4:4 Stakhovsky not allowed Sousa to implement a hidden triple match-point, what caused serious psychological blow to the opponent. In the next game, the Portuguese broke and allowed Stakhovsky to make the decisive break.
Ukraine remains in the First group of the Davis Cup, but Portugal is waiting for an away match against South Africa.
Ukraine 3:1 Portugal
Sergiy Stakhovsky – Joao Souza 6:2, 4:6, 6:4