10 Apr McGee wins in Cairo to save Ireland from relegation
McGee wins in Cairo to save Ireland from relegation
Ireland v Egypt
Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Euro/Africa Zone Group II relegation play-off
After play was suspended yesterday evening forcing the tie into a fourth day of play, Ireland’s James McGee went into this mornings unfinished match leading by 2 sets to 1 against the Egyptian number 2 Sherif Sabry.
Play was officially suspended on Sunday evening by the South African Referee Iain Smith after he deemed the lighting at the venue to be unplayable.
In 40 degree heat this morning at the El Gezera Sporting Club, Sabry broke McGee to love in the eight game of the 4th set and went on to win that set 6-3.
That forced the tie into a decisive fifth set in the fifth rubber.
McGee broke Sabry at 4-2 in the fifth set and at 5-2 he had a matchpoint which the Egptian saved and Sabry held his own serve to stay in the match at 5-3.
Sabry broke McGee at 5-4 and was serving to stay in the tie. McGee who had two matchpoints in the final game on Sabrys serve, took the second matchpoint to take the tie for Ireland on a scoreline
of 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.
Full tie results
R1: James McGee defeated Karim Maamoun 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-5
R2: Sherif Sabry defeated Conor Niland 2-6, 6-1, 6-0, 6-2
R3: James McGee/Sam Barry defeated Karim Maamoun/Sherif Sabry 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2, 7-6(3)
R4: Karim Maamoun defeated Sam Barry 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
R5: James McGee defeated Sherif Sabry 6-2, 5-7, 7-5, 2-6, 6-4