El Salvador lost 3-2 to Denmark in the series corresponding to the first round of World Group II of the Davis Cup, so the Cuscatleca navy will play the playoff next year due to its permanence in this zone.
The first day of competition left a 1-1, so everything was defined this Sunday with the victory of the Danes in doubles and the victory 6-1 and 6-0 of Elmer Moller against César Cruz in the fifth and last match, which was defined in 47 minutes.
César Cruz and Moller’s game became relevant after Marcelo Arévalo won the single against Christian Sigsgaard in three sets to make it 2-2.
On the field of El Encanto Country Club, Marcelo Arévalo was applauded by the public after witnessing the claw and effort of the sonsonateco after playing the doubles game on Sunday with Lluis Miralles, which lasted 2 hours, plus a single from 2:10 hours against Christian Sigsgaard in which he managed to come back, but ended up exhausted and went straight to receive medical assistance for physical discomfort.
The doubles was key
Denmark took a 2-1 lead as Johannes Ingildsen and Frederik Nielsen beat Marcelo Arévalo and Lluis Miralles 6-2, 4-6, 2-6 in a game that lasted two hours.
For the doubles match, Denmark decided to swap Christian Sigsgaard for captain Frederik Nielsen as one of their strategies to get the series going.
The Salvadoran duo faced the game with determination and had great precision in their shots, aspects that translated into a timely break and a 3-0 lead in less than 15 minutes.
A cross shot by Chelo and a forced error by Nielsen gave the Cuscatleca duo the last two points to sentence the first set 6-2, in 45 minutes.
The second set was more even and the Danish duo came out more concentrated and effective in their shots with which they managed to maintain a 3-3 lead. He then broke serve for the Salvadorans to take a 5-3 lead against the hosts who eventually gave up the set 6-4.
In the third set, the Danes managed a key break to take a 2-1 lead but the nationals failed to reverse the deficit and lost the set 2-6 after suffering a second break.
Marcelo Arévalo tied the series 2-2 by winning the single against Christian Sigsgaard with partials of 3-6, 6-2 and 6-0 duel in which the Salvadoran managed to recover after losing the first set.
For this game, Chelo only had half an hour of rest to face a player with experience on the world circuit and who is in box 818 of the individual ranking of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
After a great game closing and a 4-0 in his favor, Arévalo requested physiotherapy services, an action that put his teammates and the public on alert, but he managed to win the set with a 6-0.
This was the series El Salvador against Denmark in the Davis Cup:
Saturday September 17
Marcelo Arévalo won 7-6 (2) and 6-4 against Elmer Moller
César Cruz lost 4-6 and 4-6 against Johannes Ingildsen
Sunday September 18
Doubles: Marcelo Arévalo and Luis Miralles lost 6-2, 4-6 and 2-6 against Johannes Ingildsen and Frederik Nielsen
Marcelo Arévalo won 3-6, 6-2 and 6-1a Christian Sigsgaard
César Cruz lost 6-1 and 6-0 against Elmer Moller