Davis Cup - GB beat Tunisia after five-set thriller

Sun, 06 Mar 16:02:00 2011

Great Britain won their Davis Cup Europe-Africa Group II match against Tunisia after James Ward came out on top of a thrilling singles match at the Bolton Arena.

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Ward beat world number 325 Malek Jazri 3-6 6-3 3-6 6-3 8-6 after an extraordinary match, establishing an unassailable lead for the home side, with Jamie Baker then winning the dead runner against Slim Hamza 6-1 6-4 to complete a 4-1 victory.

British number two Ward lost his opening set to Jazri after the Tunisian produced some excellent tennis, but with the home crowd roaring him on Ward levelled the match.

Jazri then one the opening three games of the third set, going on to close it out 6-3, but once again Ward regained the momentum. Jazri saved a break point with an ace to hold his serve at 1-1 early in the fourth set, but Ward then won three consecutive games to force a deciding fifth set.

With the tension building, the Englishman was the first to falter as a double fault gave up a break point that Jazri took to lead 4-2.

But Ward broke straight back to the delight of the fans, and after the next few games went with serve he broke again in the 13th game before serving out for the victory.


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