In the doubles match, Latvia, represented by Roberts Štrombach (APT 729) and Kārlis Ozoliņš (ATP 856) instead of Miķeļis Lībieš and President of the Latvian Tennis Union Ernests Gulbja, beat Viktors Estreljas Burgos (ATP) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 1023.) and Nick Hard (ATP 531.).
After the two singles matches played on Friday, the result was 2-0 in favor of the Latvian national team, and only one success in three matches was needed to win the duel itself.
On Saturday, the singles matches are scheduled, in which Roberts Strombachs (ATP 561) will meet Harda (ATP 259), and Ozoliņš (ATP 1203) will meet Peters Bertrand (ATP 552).
On Friday, Strombach defeated Bertrāns with a score of 6-3, 6-1, while Ozoliņš beat the opponent’s number one Harda with a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Latvia and the Dominican Republic are fighting in the second group of the Davis Cup World.
The Dominican Republic is in the 53rd place in the world ranking, while Latvia is four positions lower – in the 57th place.
The losers of the first group and the winners of the second group will compete in the play-off tournament of the first group, while the losers of the second group will meet the best teams in the regional tournaments of the third group in the play-off games.
At the beginning of March, in the duel for keeping the place in the second group of the Davis Cup World, the Latvian national team with captain Ernest Gulbi beat Thailand 3-2.
The Davis Cup is the main tennis competition for men’s national teams, organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) since 1900. Originally organized as a competition between the USA and Great Britain national teams, it is now the largest annual international team competition. The Latvian national team has been participating in this tournament since 1993.
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