Lock wins Davis Cup dead rubber

HARARE - Zimbabwe tennis player Benjamin Lock won the last Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group II match after his opponent Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Nerman Fatic retired in the second set here yesterday.

Lock won the first set 6-3 before Fatic retired due to injury before the start of the second set meaning Zimbabwe lost 1-4.

Before Lock’s match, Zimbabwe’s top seed Takanyi Garanganga put up a brave fight but went down to Tomislav Brkic 7-6(4) 6-7(4) 5-7.

“I think I played very well today, it was an interesting match for me registering the only win for Zimbabwe,” Lock told the Daily News after the match.

Zimbabwe’s non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa praised his players despite defeat.

“Despite the defeat, I am happy with the performance of my team, I think we will remain in Group II and we need to start our relegation play-off preparations as soon as possible,” said Dzuwa.

“It’s now back to the drawing board and I think we will be able to correct our mistakes and remain in Group II,” added the former Mufakose High School tennis gem.

Bosnia and Herzegovina captain Amer Delic also praised the Zimbabwean players.

“Zimbabwe played very well and with the way they play, I see a future for their team, I think we managed to beat them because of our experience in Davis Cup tournaments,” Delic said.

Yesterday’s matches were dead rubbers as Bosnia had already wrapped up the tie having thrashed Zimbabwe 3-0 by Saturday.

Zimbabwe will now play in the Euro-Africa Zone Group II relegation play-offs later this year.

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