Macháč defeated Zapata and the Czechs lead 1:0 over Spain in the Davis Cup

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Czech tennis player Tomáš Macháč in a Davis Cup match, March 4, 2022.

Valencia (Spain) – Czech tennis players lead 1:0 in the Davis Cup final tournament over home country Spain . The first point for the team of captain Jaroslav Navrátil was won by Tomáš Macháč, who defeated local native Bernabé Zapata 6:4, 6:4 in the opening singles match on a hard surface in Valencia.

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Jiří Leheček, who will face the twenty-fifth player in the world, Alejandro Davidovich, can secure the winning point for the Czechs in the battle of number one. In the final doubles, captain Navrátil announced the duo of Lehečka and Adam Pavlásek, the Spaniards should play with Davidovich and Marcel Granollers. They are missing world number two and Wimbledon winner Carlos Alcaraz at the tournament, who apologized after the US Open.

“I arrived here later, but from the beginning I caught the rhythm here. I played well in the scrimmages and in training. I went into the match with confidence,” Macháč told Czech Television. “The atmosphere was difficult, the pressure was there. The spectators stirred it up and it's not like at other tournaments. It's always difficult. But as I can represent the Czech Republic, I will present myself in a good light, and I'm happy for that,” added Macháč.< /p>

In group C, the teams of Serbia and South Korea are also fighting for promotion, the Serbians won the duel on Tuesday with a ratio of 3:0. The top two from the four-member group will advance to the November quarter-finals.

22-year-old Macháč confirmed that he is doing well in team competitions and defeated Zapata in one hour and thirty-five minutes. The native of Beroun did not lose serve even once in the match and, on the contrary, broke the opponent twice.

In the first set, Macháč decided thanks to winning the opponent's serve in the opening game. He also saved a break point in the sixth game. In the second set, both players held serve until the seventh game. The Czech tennis player then converted the next offered break point and won the match.

“Serving was my strongest point. I gave him few chances. And when he had one, I relied well on the game from behind,” he added Macháč.

Spain – Czech Republic 0:1

Zapata – Macháč 4:6, 4:6.