Tuesday 20 August 2019

Superb Ireland set up Cyprus play-off

Simon Carr. Photo: Sportsfile
Simon Carr. Photo: Sportsfile

Paddy Hickey

Ireland's Davis Cup team maintained their all-conquering run in San Marino yesterday, romping to a 3-0 win over Malta in their Europe Zone campaign on the outdoor claycourt surface.

In the wake of this week's previous successes against San Marino, Kosovo, and Andorra, the quartet of Simon Carr (right) and Peter Bothwell, in singles action, as well as Julian Bradley and Osgar O'Hoisin, in the doubles rubber, all came up trumps.

As a result of their four successes, and losing just one rubber, when Bothwell dropped a decision to San Marino's Marco De Rossi, Ireland topped Pool B.

Today the Irish face Pool A winners Cyprus in a play-off contest, with a decision on whether the Group 4 outright victors will be promoted to be made later in the year.

Mullingar man Carr got the ball rolling with a 6-0, 6-2 success against Omar Sudzuka in just 55 minutes.

After a tight opening set, with the scores tied at 5-5 before Bothwell broke for a 6-5 lead, the Co Down man upped his game in the second set to score a 7-5, 6-0 victory against Matthew Asciak, after an hour and 25 minutes.

And the whitewash was completed when US-based Carlow native Julian Bradley and Dubliner Osgar O'Hoisin dismissed the gutsy challenge of Sudzuka and Matthew Torregiani on a 6-4, 6-3 scoreline, after one hour and four minutes.

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