Davis Cup: Guccione beats Mirnyi

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Chris Guccione gave Australia a 1-0 lead in its Davis Cup tennis quarterfinal with Belarus after a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Max Mirnyi.

Davis Cup: Guccione beats Mirnyi

Melbourne:

Chris Guccione gave Australia a 1-0 lead in its Davis Cup tennis quarterfinal with Belarus after a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win over Max Mirnyi.Playing in swirling winds and cool temperatures on a Rebound Ace surface at Kooyong, Guccione outlasted Mirnyi as both players had difficulty with their serves and returns due to the fluctuating breezes.On Saturday, Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley are scheduled to take on Voltchkov and Mirnyi, while the reverse singles will be played Sunday - Hewitt against Mirnyi and Guccione vs Voltchkov. Guccione, of Melbourne, clinched Australia's first-round win in February over Switzerland at Geneva, winning the fifth match of the weekend. "This is definitely my biggest win, in front of a home crowd, with all my family and friends here,'' Guccione said Friday. "I was still very nervous, but I couldn't be happier with the way I played.''Crucial deciderThere were no breaks in the opening set and Guccione, 20, recovered from 4-1 down in the tiebreaker to take the set in 51 minutes.Guccione suffered a mental lapse to drop his opening service game of the second set and was broken for a second time as Mirnyi leveled the match at a set each.Down 2-1 in sets, Mirnyi had the only service break of the fourth set in the fourth game to push the match to a deciding set. The two traded early services breaks in the fifth before Guccione prevailed after 3 hours and 41 minutes when Mirnyi lost his serve for a second time in the set, netting a volley on match point.The winners will play in the semifinals against either defending champion Croatia or Argentina in September. (AP)



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