Good start for Zim Davis Cup team

HARARE - Zimbabwe is in control of the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone Group II play-off against Moldova after local stars Takanyi Garanganga and Benjamin Lock won their singles’ matches here yesterday.

Garanganga got the ball rolling when he defeated Moldova’s second seed Maxim Bulat in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.

Lock ensured the hosts completed the day with a 2-0 lead after beating the European top seed Dmitrii Baskov also in straight sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-2.

Zimbabwe can wrap up the tie if they win today’s doubles match which will see Courtney Lock join up with Mark Fynn to face Moldva’s pair of Egor Matvievici and Andrei Soltoianu.

If Courtney Lock and Fynn win today it will render Sunday’s reverse fixtures all dead rubbers.

Zimbabwe’s non-playing captain Martin Dzuwa was satisfied with his team’s performances yesterday.

“The guys started very well and Takanyi won the first match all the three sets and now we are 2-0 up, this has boosted their confidence.

“The fact that we are 2-0 up means  we only need one more match to stay in the group and Benjamin Lock also perfumed very well today and this shows that we are in the  right track,” said Dzuwa.

Garanganga, who is ranked 391, was over the moon after winning his first match.

“The match was good and I won all the three sets. I’m confident that we will be closing out tomorrow because I think we have improved a lot compared to our previous games.

“But overall I can say today was exciting and we have to keep building well for us to stay in Group II because the losers will be moving to Group III. We confident of remaining in Euro-Africa Zone Group II but there is no room to underestimate our opponents.

In March, Zimbabwe suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat at the hands of Bosnia and Herzegovina resulting in this play-off match against Moldova, who were also defeated by a similar score line by Hungary.

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