While Adrian Mannarino faced Dans Evans, Sweden took the lead over Kazakhstan with Mikael Ymer’s victory over Mikhail Kukushkin (6-3, 7-6). The other meeting of the day opposes the Australian John Millman and the Hungarian Zsombor Piros. The latter picked up the point of victory in three sets (4-6, 6-4, 6-3).
Arthur Rinderknech (26) is discovering Davis Cup today. His selection for the French team is the result of his incredible progress this season, which greatly impressed SÃ © bastien Grosjean.
The Habs would greatly facilitate their task by winning against the British. A victory would allow them to secure first place in Group C, qualifying for the rest of the competition. But if they tilt, things get complicated. On paper, qualifying is still possible because the four best runners-up advance to the quarter-finals. But because of their hotly contested match against the Czech Republic (four sets lost), the Blues are not very well engaged.
After the defeat of Adrian Mannarino, the British lead 1-0 and the French team have no real choice: Arthur Rinderknech must be seated. ??? impose against Cameron Norrie. A big challenge for the French, 58th in the world, against the 12th. The two players have faced each other only once, in Lyon last May. The Briton won in three sets (6-3, 3-6; 6-3).
Difficult start to the day for the French team. Mannarino lost in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) against Evans. The French fought well but that was not enough. To be continued: Rinderknech against Norrie.
The French still has not succeeded in breaking his opponent. As the end of the set draws closer, the pressure intensifies on the Habs.
The Frenchman had two break points, but it was Evans who won this game thanks to a last authoritative ace (3-3). But Mannarino is finally showing a little more dangerous.
Pushed to his limits by his opponent, Mannarino holds up well, but for how long? He quickly avoided the break and led 2-1.
The players both won their service game. 1-1 in the second set
During the last change of sides of the first set, the organization played a few seconds of music, just to equalize a very silent game due to the absence of spectators. So we heard a few seconds from â ?? ¦ Zaz. Hoping that it brings luck to the tricolor camp.
Evans did not shake to conclude and wins the first set thanks to a final shutout.
The Briton recovers and breaks again. He ends the game with a forehand to the corner. 6-5 in favor of Evans
As the Briton served for the set, the Frenchman posted a superb shutout to come back to 5-5. Mannarino doesn’t crack as Evans tenses up.
The French picks up at 5-4. Evans now has the serve to win the opening set of the meeting.
The Frenchman finally broke down and conceded his first break. Evans remained on five unconverted break points. The Briton now leads 4-3.
The two players have already faced each other three times and the duel turns to the advantage of the Briton: two victories, against only one for the French. The most recent was at the Queen’s tournament last June. Evans won in straight sets in the round of 16 (6-4, 7-6).
Evans was leading 40-0 and yet the Briton failed to break. Always driven by a big serve, the French fought to come back and stay ahead. He leads 3-2.
Adrian Mannarinio holds the shock against Daniel Evans. The French lead 2-1 in the first set. He withstood the return of the Briton who had two break points. Strong in service, Mannarino has already signed three aces.
Almost 20 minutes into the game and there is still 1-1 in the first set.
The match between Adrian Mannarino and Dan Evans kicks off instantly in Innsbruck (Austria), in front of empty stands and in cathedral silence.
Adrian Mannarino (71st worldwide) and Arthur Rinderknech (58th) will represent France in singles against Great Britain, in Davis Cup, in Innsbruck (Austria). The first will face Daniel Evans (25th) and the second Cameron Norrie (12th). Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will then play the double against the Salisbury-Skupski pair.
The Blues are not favorites. At stake: a qualification for the quarter-finals of the competition. In the event of victory, the French team would take first place in their group and ensure qualification. But if she does lose, she will have to hope to finish among the best second and with her four sets lost against the Czech Republic, she is not in a favorable waiver.