Argentina's Mayer levels Davis Cup semi with Belgium

Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:20pm EDT
 
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By Julia Fioretti

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Argentina's Leonardo Mayer fought off Belgium's tenacious Steve Darcis to level their Davis Cup semi-final tie at 1-1 after the first two singles matches on Friday.

Mayer won the second rubber 7-6(5) 7-6(1) 4-6 6-3 after a grueling four-hour tussle in which he took a timeout to tend to a thigh problem.

World number 15 David Goffin gave Belgium a good start in their bid to reach the final for the first time in over a century when he beat Federico Delbonis 7-5 7-6(3) 6-3.

The winners will face Australia or Britain in the final which will be held in Belgium.

Darcis fought hard during a grueling first set until Mayer pushed it to a tiebreak after 74 minutes on court.

The second set saw Darcis keep up the fight, although Mayer sailed through the second tiebreak.

The Belgian battled back in the third after losing the first game to lead 5-1 only to falter as Mayer clawed his way back to 5-4 before Darcis clinched the set 6-4.

Mayer went ahead in the fourth and, despite a time out to treat his leg problem, he held off a resurgent Darcis at 5-3 to claim the set.   Continued...

 
Argentina's Leonardo Mayer reacts after defeating Belgium's Steve Darcis during their Davis Cup semi-final tennis match at Forest National arena in Brussels, Belgium September 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Yves Herman