Davis Cup by Rakuten, Baku, Azerbaijan


Malta Vs Andorra : 2-1

Malta played Andorra earlier today knowing that victory would assure us 1st place in the group and a place in tomorrow’s promotion decider

Alex Degabriele got us underway and he played superbly to beat the experienced, Eric Cervos Noguer, 6-2; 6-1.
Next up was Matthew Asciak against Damien Gelabert. Once again Matthew produced a solid performance and used all his experience to prevail 6-1; 6-3 to ensure top spot in the group.

With the tie secured, team captain, Gordon Asciak opted to give young Dwayne Pullicino his debut partnering Liam Delicata in the doubles match against Eric Cervos Noguer and Damien Gelabert.Having never played together before our players struggled a bit in the first set and lost it 6-2. The second set was a different story and Liam and Dwayne started combining better to clinch it 6-2.

The deciding set was as expected, a tense affair. After sharing the first 4 games the more experienced Andorrans took control of proceedings and wrapped up the set and the match 6-2; 2-6; 6-3. Great effort nonetheless from our new pairing.

Small setback but still a 2-1 victory and top of the group secured. Tomorrow Iceland will be our opponents in the promotion playoff. The captain is confident that if we keep our focus we should be able to make it.
We augur our players another strong showing to overcome the final hurdle