with videosBotic van de Zandschulp did an excellent job on behalf of the Netherlands tonight in a duel with Great Britain in the Davis Cup Finals. After Greece’s Talon track previously lost his match to Daniel Evans, Van de Zandschulp was too strong for world number eight Cameron Norrie, 6-4 6-2.
Van de Zandschulp himself occupies 35th place in the ATP rating. The 26-year-old tennis player lost last month in Montreal in two sets to Nouri, who is a year older than him. In Glasgow, Van de Zandschulp already took a break in the third game and came in 2-1. He stuck to that margin throughout the set, even though he had to go deep 5-4 to win the set. With subsequent aces it succeeded.
In the second set, Van de Zandschulp immediately won by chance from Nouri. He kept his serve, and with good play the Dutchman saw that Nouri became more difficult. At 4-2, Van de Zandschulp took the double break with a header and managed to serve for the match. He immediately scored the first match point.
Van de Zandschulp spoke after one of his best matches. I think I played an almost perfect match. I served very well and made only a few small mistakes in the rallies.”
The tennis player thought it was a very different match than it was last month in Montreal, when he had little chance against Nouri. “I definitely didn’t play well at the time.”
The match against Great Britain ends with a double. Wesley Kohlhoff and Mattoi Middelkoop play for the Netherlands. They will face Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury, but the squad leaders can still adjust the lineup.
Doubles making the decision
Due to the current draw between Holland and Great Britain (1-1), the doubles match should be decisive later this evening. Then Wesley Koolhoff and Mattoi Middlekoop meet Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury.
The Netherlands previously beat Kazakhstan 2-1 in Group D. Great Britain had lost the first game to the USA team 2-1. The top two nations in the group qualify for the quarter-finals, at the end of November in Malaga, Spain.
Greek Talon Railway
The Dutch national team lost to Britain on Friday afternoon due to the loss to Talon Groeneborough. He lost in straight sets to Daniel Evans: 6-4, 6-4.
The 32-year-old Evans is number 25 in the world rankings. The Greek track is 48th. The two have been in equilibrium for a long time, but in the key moments Evans was a little better. In the first set 4-4, the Briton got a break point and took advantage of that with a passing kick. He won the set in the next match.
In the second set, the Greek track fought for what it’s worth. He came back well at 1-1 from a 0-30 deficit, but then gave up three points for a 3-3 break. The Greek track hit two, but went wrong on the third. Evans then won his serve and served 5-4 in the match. Use the third match point.
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