Adrian Mannarino Brings France Level | ATP Tour

Adrian Mannarino drew France level with Czech Republic at 1-1 on Thursday at the Davis Cup Finals, downing Jiri Vesely 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2 in Innsbruck, Austria.

The 33-year-old won 77 per cent (51/66) of his first-serve points and caused Vesely problems with his consistent depth on return to secure victory after two hours and 38 minutes.

“I was trying my best to keep fighting,” Mannarino said. “I served very well in the key moments, which helps. I got used to the speed of his serve. He was serving very fast and at the beginning it was tough. On his second serve at the end, I was putting a lot of pressure on it.”

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Tomas Machac had given Czech Republic an early advantage when he sprung a surprise, defeating Richard Gasquet 7-6(3), 6-2 on his Davis Cup Finals debut.

The World No. 143 rallied back from a break down in the first set and committed just seven unforced errors to secure victory after one hour and 36 minutes in their first Head2Head meeting.

“It feels really good,” Machac said. “I am so happy I played today and won today for the Czech Republic. It was a really tough match from the beginning, mentally especially. I am really happy. In the tie-break I played really well without any mistakes. That was the crucial moment.”

Nitto ATP Finals champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will face Czech pair Machac and Jiri Lehecka in the decisive doubles match.

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