Sunday, March 6, 2011

Davis Cup Update: Missed chance for Tunisia against Great Britain, Morocco down 1-2

Tunisia REALLY had a chance today against Great Britain in the doubles rubber. It was wishful thinking ahead of the match that Malek Jaziri and Slim Hamza had any sort of chance in beating Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming but as the match went by and somehow Tunisia was up 3-0 in the 4th set, and later, Jamie Murray was serving from 0/40 down at 3-4 in the 4th set, I was almost sure Jaziri/Hamza were going to break for a 5-3 lead and serve out the set to force a deciding 5th.

I was only following the scores, so I don't know how it happened, but Murray pulled off that hold and the Brits broke next and went on to win the match 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Such a disappointment considering the scorn the Tunisia team is continuously getting from the British media and British journalists on Twitter. If they're that pathetic, then how come Great Britain don't already have this tie in the bag, may I ask?

Great Britain currently lead Tunisia 2-1 and Jaziri will face James Ward tomorrow to keep Tunisia alive in the tie, otherwise, it's au revoir Tunis.

World number 201, Reda El Amrani of Morocco

Fellow North Africans, Morocco suffered a similar fate on Saturday as they also lost their doubles match against the Amer Delic/Ismar Gorcic Bosnian duo, 3-6, 2-6, 6-1, 4-6.

Reda El Amrani, the highest ranked player in the Moroccan squad, at 201, partnered world number 1126, Talal Ouahabi and gave Delic and Gorcic a tough match particularly in the 4th set, but unfortunately lost the rubber to go down 1-2 against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Sunday will see Amrani face Aldin Setkic in the 4th rubber, followed by Ouahabi versus Delic. Good luck to my fellow Arabs, Morocco and Tunisia!

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