Romania win marathon doubles contests.
For the first time in 27 years of the Davis Cup all countries have a
chance to move into the second round as we enter day 3 action.
Day Two of play in seven European venues and and one in South America
was highlighted by two epic doubles matches lasting over four hours
and going to five sets.
Chile fought their way back into the tie against Russia with Olympic
gold medalists Fernando Gonzalez and Nicolas Massu defeating Igor
Andreev and Marat Safin 7-6, 6-3, 6-4. In the only tie that involves
the same players in both doubles and singles contests, the South
Americans must win both reverse singles matches on Sunday to keep
their ten-*** home win streak alive. Gonzalez will be looking for
his Australian Open form when he faces off against Safin. This tie can
go either way and is one I will be watching closely.
In Krefeld, Germany took a 2-1 advantage following a strong showing by
Alexander Waske and Michael Kohlmann who powered to a 6-4, 6-2, 7-6
victory over Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic and Mario Ancic, who were riding
high on a six-match winning streak in Davis Cup competition. Waske and
Kohlmann had the form on the board going into the match following
their tournament win last week in Zagreb.
In the reverse singles on Sunday, Tommy Haas has a chance to wrap up
the tie when he takes on Ljubicic. If Haas fails, Benjamin Becker will
have an excellent chance to beat Ancic, who no doubt will be weary
following his illness during the week.