Malta Davis cup team pre­form well in Bul­garia

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The 2017 Euro­pean Group 3 zone was this year held in So­zopol Bul­garia. The Malta team was cap­tained by Steve Caru­ana, with Matthew As­ciak, Omar Sudzuka, Den­zil Agius and Ben Far­ru­gia form­ing the Malta team. Malta was placed in group B along with top seeds Mace­do­nia, Moldova and Iceland. Matthew As­ciak’s per­for­mances was prob­a­bly one of the best ever by a Mal­tese player. The Malta Cham­pion won all his 3 sin­gles matches and 2 dou­bles matches.

On the first day Malta faced the strong team of Mace­do­nia. Here Matthew As­ciak pro­duced prob­a­bly one of his best ever Davis Cup per­for­mances when he beat Tomis­lav Jo­tovski 6-3 3-6 6-2. In the other match Omar Sudzuka played a very good match just los­ing to Grabul 6-3 6-4. In the fi­nal rub­ber As­ciak and Sudzuka just lost to Grabul and Deari 7-5 7-5. In both sets the Mal­tese pair led 4-2 on both oc­ca­sions.

In their sec­ond en­counter Malta faced Moldova. Once again Matthew As­ciak was in great form and de­feated his Moldovan op­po­nent Soltoianu 6-1 6-1. Den­zil Agius faced Bu­lat and lost 6-0 6-4. In the dou­bles en­counter the Mal­tese pair of As­ciak and Sudzuka were beaten 6-1 6-1 against Baskov and Clumac.

In the third and fi­nal en­counter of the group Malta beat Iceland 21. Matthew As­ciak beat Birkir Gun­nar­son 6-2 6-1. Omar Sudzuka lost to Rafn Boni­facius 6-1 6-2. In the fi­nal rub­ber As­ciak/ Sudzuka came back from 14 in the fi­nal set to win the en­counter 7-6 2-6 6-4. Malta then faced Al­ba­nia in their fi­nal en­counter. Omar Sudzuka faced Zili and eas­ily dis­posed of his op­po­nent 6-1 6-1, Den­zil Agius who was bat­tling a bout of flu all week lost to Mjestitri 6-2 6-3. In the fi­nal dou­bles match As­ciak/Sudzuka beat Shy­pheja/Sulsova 6-0 6-1.

Malta Davis Cup Cap­tain Steve Caru­ana was very pleased with th­ese re­sults and due to the teams good show­ing Malta gained 10 places in the in­ter­na­tional rank­ings. He also added that the in­clu­sion of youth player Ben Far­ru­gia as part of the team would proved ben­e­fi­cial to him and his devel­op­ment.

This year’s Davis Cup was an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for the Malta team to get some matches un­der their belt in prepa­ra­tion for the Small Na­tions Games to be held in San Marino in May.

Malta Tennis Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent Dr David Far­ru­gia Sacco stated that this year saw Malta per­form be­yond ex­pec­ta­tions in that each rub­ber was de­cided in the last de­cid­ing dou­bles and Malta beat coun­tries con­sid­ered to be in its cat­e­gory and lost by a mar­gin to more quoted coun­tries. He con­cluded by stat­ing that pro­mo­tion was now a re­al­ity and thanked the play­ers and cap­tain for their com­mit­ment.

Matthew As­ciak won five matches in Bul­garia

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