Adrian Mannarino tied France 1-1 with the Czech Republic on Thursday in the Davis Cup Finals, beating Jiri Vesely 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2 in Austria’s Innsbruck.
The 33-year-old won 77 percent (51/66) of his first-serve points and troubled Vesely with his consistent depth on return to secure the win at two hours and 38 minutes.
“I did my best to keep fighting,” said Mannarino. “I served very well at the key moments, which helps. I got used to the speed of his serve. He served very quickly and it was difficult at the beginning. With his second serve at the end, I put a lot of pressure on it.”
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Tomas Machac had given the Czech Republic an early lead when he was surprised by beating Richard Gasquet 7-6 (3) and 6-2 on his Davis Cup Finals debut.
The world No. 143 recovered from a breakdown in the first set, making just seven unforced errors to secure victory in an hour and 36 minutes in their first Head2Head meeting.
“It feels really good,” Machac said. “I’m so happy that I played today and won for the Czech Republic. It was a very tough game from the start, especially mentally. I’m really happy. In the tiebreak I played very well without mistakes. That was the crucial moment. ”
Nitto ATP Finals champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert face Czech duo Machac and Jiri Lehecka in the deciding doubles match.
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