Arthur De Greef (ATP 202) and Kimmer Coppejans (ATP 195) look, respectively, the Brazilians Thiago Monteiro (ATP 107) and Rogerio Dutra da Silva (ATP 139) in the eyes during the first day of the qualifying round of the Davis Cup (1 and 2 February) on the gravel of Uberlandia. That is the result of the draw of Thursday.
Dubbelpartners Sander Gille and Joran Fly take the day after with Bruno Soares (ATP 5 double) and Marcelo Melo (ATP 12 double), two full-blown crackers. Soares already has thirty dubbeltitels on his list, which this year in Sydney, with Jamie Murray. Melo showed that he is already 32 times the best. After the doubles follows the party between Monteiro and Coppejans. The duel between De Greef and Silva closes the series.
Captain Johan Van Herck can as it is known, do not count on performers David Goffin (ATP 21) and Steve Darcis (ATP 313). Also fixed value Ruben Bemelmans (ATP 132) is missing in South America.
The Davis Cup is starting this year in a new format cast. Eighteen countries will be in november, at the end of the season, in a tournament of a week in one location, competing for the title. If Belgium wins against Brazil, it has its ticket for the finals week bite. Encounters in the Davis Cup are now on two days finished, and there is still but two winning sets are played.
The band line-up:
. Friday 01/02:
Thiago Monteiro (Bra) – Arthur De Greef (BEL)
Rogerio Dutra da Silva (Bra) – Kimmer Coppejans (BEL)
. Saturday 02/02:
Bruno Soares/Marcelo Melo (Bra) – Sander Gille/Joran Vliegen (BEL)
Thiago Monteiro (Bra) – Kimmer Coppejans (BEL)
Rogerio Dutra da Silva (Bra) – Arthur De Greef (BEL)