Davis Cup: Adrian Mannarino beats Robin Haase to put France into quarter-finals
Adrian Mannarino despatched defending champion France by to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup, rallying from a set and 5-3 down Sunday to beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-7 (2), 7-5 in a topsy-turvy World Group encounter.
After 4 hours, 20 minutes of an arduous contest that includes 34 break-point probabilities, Haase’s miscued volley at internet went out and gave Mannarino match level. He took it following a short rally when Haase failed to return a whipped forehand into his toes. Mannarino punched the air because the French crew celebrated wildly and poured water over Mannarino’s head. The exhausted Haase walked straight off court docket having performed 10 hours over three days.
France has an insurmountable 3-1 lead forward of the ultimate reverse singles later Sunday and performs Italy within the final eight in April.
The 25th-ranked Mannarino had extra winners than Haase – 61 to 47 – however was wasteful in changing solely 4 of his 26 break-point probabilities, whereas Haase took three of his eight. Mannarino had 21 aces to Haase’s 19.
Mannarino, a late alternative for the injured Lucas Pouille, made up for his upset defeat on Friday to Thiemo de Bakker, ranked 369th. Richard Gasquet made it 1-1 by beating Haase, earlier than Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer on Saturday for a 2-1 lead for France.
Early on, Haase seemed sharp in opposition to a cautious Mannarino. The 42nd-ranked Dutchman broke for a 2-1 lead when Mannarino patted a woeful forehand vast, and then served two aces for 3-1. He might have secured a double break however Mannarino saved the fifth sport with an ace at 30-40.
Haase was extra aggressive than Mannarino within the first set and coated the court docket properly. A volley on the internet gave him set level and he sealed it with an ace. He broke the Frenchman within the seventh sport of the second set and held for 5-3. But Mannarino broke again for 5-5 after Haase cracked first in a 35-shot rally. Mannarino edged a tense tiebreaker and appeared to have the momentum.
Haase saved break factors in his first three service video games of the third set. Finally, Mannarino’s stress paid off when he broke to love for 6-5 and clinched the set on serve. But then it was Mannarino’s flip to waver as he was damaged when serving for the match at 5-4 within the fourth set. Haas then dominated the tiebreaker to ship the match into a deciding set.