Chile Beats Uruguay in Davis Cup Tennis
A strong performance by Paul Capdeville saw Chile defeat Uruguay 3-1 in the Davis Cup tie and bring the dreams of returning to the World Group even closer.
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY — As the top seed in the Americas Group I, the Chileans should not have been troubled, and Capdeville finished the series off with a four-hour match up against Marcel Felder.
Capdeville backed up from destroying Martin Cuevas 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 and a strong performance in the doubles. A late change saw Capdeville pair up with Jorge Aguilar in the doubles, which they also won easily. It was the Capdeville vs. Felder clash that proved most captivating, with the Chilean coming back from two sets down against a hostile crowd and a formidable opponent.
The final match of the series didn’t come so easily though. While the tennis you may be thinking of has calls of “Quiet Please” and silent watchers of the battering of the ball, this match had a different flavor. Seeing their home team in trouble the fans in Montevideo resorted to throwing bottles on to the court and yelling abuse at the Chilean team. The challenge seemed to steel the resolve of Capdeville, who now needs to show he is the leader of the team.
Aside from the victory, Capdeville was also rewarded for his recent form, with a slight jump in the ATP rankings, up two places to 119. The new team captain Belus Prajoux was happy to start his term with a victory.
The captain said after the match, “It is a pleasure to debut and win. As a player I never lost in Uruguay and I did not want to begin now. I congratulate the entire team, they were very solid and had a good time in the week. They came out with a victory in this series and that gives us the option to play the playoffs in September. We will be there (in the World Group) again.”
Chile lost their previous campaign to return to the World Group, with an early injury to Fernando González proving disastrous for the campaign and Nicolás Massú also retiring in the first set of the final match. A late change of playing order saw Massú, the two-time Olympic medalist ready to play the fifth and final match, but Capdeville’s win meant he was not needed.
In the semi finals of the World Group, Spain will take on the USA, while Argentina plays against the Czech Republic. These matches will be played in September. Alongside Chile, Brazil will also advance to the playoffs for the World Group, after they defeated Colombia.
The announcement of the playoffs has been made and Chile will come up against Italy once again. Team captain Prajoux said the challenge will be “difficult, but not impossible”. The tie will be played in September.