Ruben (ATP D-329) and Joris De Loore (ATP D-528) gave Belgium a second point in the clash against Germany. They defeated Zverev-brothers in a tough five setter.
On day two of the Davis Cup encounter Ruben and Joris took on Alexander (ATP D-163) and Mischa Zverev (ATP D-196). The Belgians started well and took the first set 6-3. In the second set Ruben and Joris scored some beautiful points and at 5-4 they could serve for the set, but the Germans broke back. A tiebreak had to bring the decision, which the Belgians won 7-6(4).
In the third set Ruben and Joris had three break points at 3-2, but they could not convert them. Immediately after the Germans broke, the Belgians did not take another chance and the set went 4-6 to Sascha and Mischa Zverev.
In the second game of the fourth set, the Belgians got five break opportunities, but again the Zverev-brothers served them away. The scenario of the third set was repeated, the Germans won the set 4-6.
In a thrilling fifth set did Ruben and De Loore eventually got the break on their 18th break point. They got a 4-2 lead and a love game of Joris made it 5-2. Ruben could serve for the set at 5-3 and the first match point was an instant hit! "We did not start to play worse, they improved during the game. The experience was perhaps decisive today. We won two doubles matches together and can build further on this," Ruben said afther the match.
What no one had previously thought, happened: Belgium goes with a 2-1 lead into the last day. Ruben believes very much in the Belgian odds: "Friday Steve started as underdog.Ranking says nothing in the Davis Cup, this is a completely different sensation than in regular competition. The Germans are perhaps favorite tomorrow, but nobody thought that we would lead here 2-1. Anything is possible."
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