Sunday 19 September 2021, 17:41
(GMT-03, Montevideo, Uruguay)
Unable to count on Pablo Cuevas due to injury, Uruguay, looking for their chance to advance on the road to the 2022 Davis Cup finals, fell by the wayside playing at home against a very good European team.
On Saturday the visitors were left with the two points. First thing in the morning Francisco This Llanes faced their best singles player, Botic van de Zandschulp (62 in the world), who won the match 6-0 and 6-3. A difficult game to open the series, since the Dutchman has been having his best season and made his experience on the court noticeable without giving Llanes space or confidence to get into rhythm. “I felt prepared to take on the responsibility of opening the series against such a difficult player; Despite the result, I’m feeling good about the reaction in the second set, ”said the 19-year-old Uruguayan in a post-match conference. For Van de Zandschulp it meant his first Davis Cup victory, following the defeat suffered against Kazakhstan in 2019.
In the second hour, Tallon Griekspoor won the match against Martín Cuevas 6-4 and 7-6 in almost two hours of play. The first difference fell when 4 were equal and the Dutchman broke the Uruguayan’s serve and closed the first set in the next game 6-4. The second set would not start in the best way for the oriental; he lost his serve, but the pressure of closing the game, on two occasions for Griekspoor, made Martín take advantage, recover what he lost and take the set to a tie break, which would ultimately be in favor of the visit. In a post-match conference, Cuevas commented that he did not find his best serve on Saturday, in addition to the fact that the rival did not allow him to enter the court, forcing him to defend more and not be able to attack as much, which is how he feels more comfortable.
Sunday’s day began with the doubles match. The dismissal of Pablo Cuevas was confirmed due to his knee injury; To this were added the physical discomfort of Ariel Behar, and finally the pair was Ignacio Carou and Martín Cuevas, while the Dutch went with Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop, current 21 and 27 in the world, respectively. It was a clear victory for the visiting team 6-2 and 6-1; the experience weighed and at no time did they give the celestial players a chance to settle into their game and gain confidence. In this way the Netherlands sealed the series in its favor.
Followed by the doubles debut, Carou made his singles debut against the experienced Robin Haase, who was ranked 33rd in the world. It was an even start to the game until Haase was able to take advantage of Carou and took control of the game; finally it was 6-3 and 6-2.
The weekend culminated in four unquestionable victories for the Dutch and therefore the series in their favor. In all the games the visitors were the favorites and they made weigh that difference in rankings and when they arrived. Both Van de Zandschulp and Koolhof had had a good US Open. Uruguay, which could not count on its best player, Pablo Cuevas, due to injury, saw the debut of Ignacio Carou and the second presentation of Francisco Llanes, in what were undoubtedly good matches to add experience and think about the future.
The Netherlands will play the qualifiers for the Davis Cup finals, while Uruguay will play a playoff for the permanence in World Group I, both in 2022 and with rivals to be defined.
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Uruguay could not beat the Netherlands for the Davis Cup and lost in Montevideo