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Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

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Group II Europe/Africa 3rd Round

Date: 13 Sep - 15 Sep 2013
Venue: Arena Riga, Riga, Latvia
Start times:
Day 1: 1600 hrs (1300 hrs GMT)
Day 2: 1500 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Day 3: 1500 hrs (1200 hrs GMT)
Surface: Hard (Plexipave), Indoor
Ball: Dunlop Fort All Court

Team nominations:

Latvia

Ernests GULBIS
Date of birth: 30 Aug 1988
Singles ranking: 36

Andis JUSKA
Date of birth: 22 May 1985
Singles ranking: 470

Mikelis LIBIETIS
Date of birth: 09 Jul 1992
Singles ranking: 683

Martins PODZUS
Date of birth: 29 Jun 1994
Singles ranking: 741

Finland

Micke KONTINEN
Date of birth: 18 Dec 1992
Singles ranking: 606

Herkko POLLANEN
Date of birth: 21 Jul 1994
Singles ranking: 737

Henri KONTINEN
Date of birth: 19 Jun 1990
Singles ranking: 1656=

Juho PAUKKU
Date of birth: 19 Jul 1986
Singles ranking: 1182=

Finnish TV broadcaster YLE will show all the matches via YLE Areena (works only with a Finnish IP): http://areena.yle.fi/tv/2025176
There's live streams at streamhunter.eu also.

Preview: Jarkko Nieminen had to withdraw from the event due to leg injury so Latvia became the favourite to win this tie. With Jarkko Nieminen Finland would have been favourite to win this 3-2 by victories over Latvia's number two player and in doubles. Finland's chance here is to do the same without Jarkko. It's difficult but not impossible, for Finland managed to win Bulgaria in first round without Jarkko in the team.

R1 M. LIBIETIS v M. KONTINEN 4-6 6-4 3-6 4-6
R2 E. GULBIS v H. POLLANEN 6-2 6-4 6-1
R3 E. GULBIS / M. LIBIETIS v H. KONTINEN / M. KONTINEN 6-2 7-6(2) 6-3
R4 E. GULBIS v J. PAUKKU 6-3 6-4 6-4
R5 M. PODZUS v H. POLLANEN 4-6 4-6

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

Really good win for Micke!
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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

micke giving us some hopes

now, that point from the doubles, kontinen brothers have to win it really...could be the key to win the tie, the only chance to win it imo

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

Gulbis-Pollanen 6-2 6-4 6-1. Pollanen's performance gives some hope though for the decisive 5th rubber on Sunday. Now Henri got to do his magic in doubles!

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

pollanen put up a decent fight today. we all knew he would lose, but tried his best. it was gulbis against him after all

finland HAS to win the doubles now. come on

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Looks like Micke couldn't hold his serve in the first set.

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

henkka goating in the net

4-3* second set

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This deep luck volley at 4-5 0-15 hurt.
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micke and the latvian guy are easily the weakest here. specially micke i d say, serve and return are a bit bad today =(( it seems his shoulder is annoying him

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

wow the set point point was world class from henkka, but amazing defence from gulbis...
latvia 2-0 up now

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Gulbis is better than I expected somehow, thought he would be clowning around a bit more. Micke's serve also invites Ernie to go all in on the returns. :/
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kontiset bros act like its done already keep fighting guys, you can do it!!!

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

i knew they d break micke´s serve now =(((

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

micke that backhand down the line it was 0-40 if it was in

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Re: Europe/Africa Group II 3rd Round: Finland at Latvia (September 13-15, 2013)

2-1 latvia
this was finland´s chance to win the tie. now gulbis will get the third point for latvia

anyway, it was a huge year for finland in DC, amazing fighting spirit sad they lost today...

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