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All to play for

Barbados, El Salvador locked at 1-1

Going into Day 2 tomorrow it’s anybody’s game!

Barbados and El Salvador have both recorded wins on the first day of the men’s singles of the Davis Cup Semifinals played at the National Tennis Centre today.

In the first encounter Barbados’ number one ranked player Darian King got sweet revenge over El Salvador’s Rafael Arevalo winning in three straight sets. In the first set King stamped his authority with a 6-1 victory. It was more of the same in the second set although Arevalo played much better but not good enough to stop King taking the second set 6-3.

Arevalo apparently had some discomfort with his right shoulder going into the third set. He however came out to do battle against King after getting his shoulders massaged. The third set followed a similar pattern to what fans had previously witnessed as King took an impressive 6-3 win and a three-sets straight victory, as well as bragging rights over an opponent who got the better of him the last time they played.

In the other men’s single between Barbados number two ranked player Haydn Lewis and Rafael’s brother, Marcello Arevalo, it was a much better showing from El Salvador. Marcello took the first set 7-6 where there were some exciting rallies. Lewis however looked a bit more pumped up going into the second set and this was demonstrated by some powerful serves which frequently were too much for Marcello to handle. The result was Lewis taking
the second set 7-5.

But Marcello was not fazed. He returned with a vengeance playing some of his best tennis and passing Lewis frequently on the baseline as he to took the third set 6-4 and hold advantage at two sets to one. The fourth and decisive set was a stirring affair as Lewis fought feverishly to stave off Marcello’s push for victory.  Once again, however, the Salvadorian emerged victorious taking
the set 7-6.

After the match, King, who is currently ranked at 399 in the world, said he definitely wanted to win after losing to Arevalo last year when they played.

“So basically for this match and knowing how experienced he is and seeing the good player that he is, I just went out there and give one hundred and ten percent and I am glad that I came out victorious and hopefully in the next upcoming matches I can do the same thing,” he said.

When asked about the game in general, King said he hardly missed any shots but it appeared Arevalo was using different tactics to throw him off of his game which had him a bit frustrated in the third set.

“I think the guy was trying to use a lot of tactics with me and tried to throw me of my game but gladly I bounced back two-one and from there it was straight on to victory,” King said.

Both King and Lewis will be in action tomorrow in the men’s double when they take on the Arevalo brothers at noon. And according to King, he believes Barbados have a good chance of winning the doubles also.

“I think we have good chance me and Haydn and our record is pretty much unbeatable especially playing at home. I think we will come out victorious if we play the way we normally play,” King said.

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