Astana, Kazakhstan (Sports Network) - Andrey Golubev and Evgeny Korolev
were opening singles winners Friday, as host Kazakhstan jumped on Austria for
a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five opening-round Davis Cup tie.
Golubev got the hosts going with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory over
Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer, while the second rubber on Day 1 saw Korolev
cut down left-hander Jurgen Melzer in straight sets, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 6-2, at
Astana's National Tennis Centre.
The Kazakhstans can clinch here on Saturday in the doubles match on the indoor
red clay, as a tandem of Golubev and Yuri Schukin takes on an Austrian
pairing of Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya.
Sunday's potentially meaningless reverse singles currently call for Golubev to
face Melzer and Korolev to battle Haider-Maurer.
Team Austria is captained by Clemens Trimmel, while the Kazakhstans are led by
Dias Doskarayev. This is the first-ever meeting between the two nations in
Davis Cup play.
The winner in Astana will move on to face either the Czech Republic or
Switzerland in the quarterfinals.
The Sports Network