Israel closes in on World Group return
Israel have reached the Davis Cup World Group promotion playoffs after beating Portugal in the Europe/africa Zone Group tie at Ramat Hasharon.
Israel marched into an unassailable lead after Dudi Sela, Amir Weintraub and doubles specialists Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich won their matches in front of a crowd that included Gilat Shalit.
Sela (61) helped Israel make a flying start after beating Frederico Gil (84).
Weintraub (190) continued the good work, coming from a set down to surprise Rui Machado (97) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5.
It was left to Ram and Erlich to cement victory and they made no mis- take, beating Joao Sousa and Gastao Elias 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.
Weintraub said: “I couldn’t have done it without the support of the rest of the team and the crowd really lifted me when it mattered.”
Erlichcommented:“it’sformoments like this that I’m still playing tennis. It’s fantastic to play in front of our home crowd.”