Bad start for Zim

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group II tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina got off to a false start with the visitors racing into an early 2-0 lead after outclassing the hosts in the opening two matches here yesterday.

Not that the European side produced anything special in this first Davis Cup encounter on Zimbabwean soil in nine years but the hosts had themselves to blame for falling tamely, largely due to unforced errors.

Zimbabwe’s top seed Takanyi Garanganga was the first to fall after an unimpressive performance against Bosnia-Herzegovina’s second-seed Mirza Basic, going down in straight sets 6-3 6-3 7-6.

Garanganga was in trouble early on as Basic broke his serve twice to race into a 3-0 first set lead. From there it was one way traffic and by the time the 324 ranked Garanganga begun to find his feet it was too little too late.

Zimbabwe second seed Benjamin Lock, however, produced a more spirited display against the highly-rated world number 89 Bosnian first seed Damir Dzumhur.

The 1 205 ranked Florida State University student went toe to toe with Dzumhur in the early stages of the match.

But experience was his greatest undoing, as frustration crept in to open the door for 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 win for the Bosnian.

Ranked 26 places above the southern African country on the ITF Davis Cup Nations Rankings, it was rather experience that proved the difference and saw Bosnia take a 2-0 lead going into the doubles contest today.

Zimbabwe now needs to win the remaining three matches if they entertain any chance of progressing to the play-offs.

Zimbabwe’s non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa still believes they can turn the tables.

“Let’s wait and see, these guys, especially Benjie I think he played well. Takanyi had a bad start going down two sets. Those two sets were pretty bad but he managed to get his game going in the third set,” Dzuwa said.

“But then again its tennis but we will see tomorrow how it goes. We have to win that doubles to stay in the competition for Sunday.”

The tie moves to the doubles contest today with Wayne Black who is unranked due to inactivity partnering Fynn who is ranked 677 in doubles in a must win match for Zimbabwe.

The duo face Bosnia’s Tomislav Brkic and Basic who have a world doubles ranking of 375 and 680 respectively.

The reverse singles will be played on Sunday with Zimbabwe’s Garanganga and Florida State University student Lock facing Dzumhur and Basic respectively.

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