The Zimbabwean duo of Benjamin Lock and Takanyi Garanganga were at it again as they defeated Turkey’s Tuna Altuna and Cem Ilkel 7-5, 6-3 in the doubles to claim a 3-0 series win in the Davis Cup.
By Carlo Chikomba
The hosts went into the match in a rather buoyant mood with both Lock and Takanyi, the country’s number one and two tennis players respectively, having claimed victories in the singles format of the match on Saturday.
The Zimbabwean duo made an impressive start, bulldozing their way to a 5-2 lead over the visitors as they looked to wrap up the first set with relative ease.
But the Turks refused to throw in the towel as they suddenly switched up a gear, playing some exquisite shots to stage a sensational comeback and level matters at 5-5.
However, Lock and Takanyi, spurred on by a fired-up home crowd maintained their composure and got back into the game as they regained control of the match by wrapping up the first set 7-5.
From then on, the hosts took the game to Turkey as they stamped their authority in the match with the visitors not really looking like causing any real problems.
In the end, the second set went the way of the Zimbabweans as they won it 6-3 to wrap up proceedings inside just two sets at the Harare Sports Club.
The win sees Zimbabwe seal an unassailable 3-0 victory over Turkey to book their place into the next round of the Davis Cup competition.
The the Sport and Recreation Commission acting Director General commended the efforts of the Zimbabwean tennis team on their victory.
“On behalf of the Sports and Recreation Commission Board, Management and Staff I would like to collectively congratulate the Davis Cup team for the sterling performance and victory over Turkey. May the exceptional performance be carried through into the future as we seek to make Zimbabwe the Jewel of Tennis in the world. Congratulations, Makorokoto Amhlope,” said the Director.
“As the Sports Supreme Controlling Body we remain solidly behind your efforts which are meant to take us back to the yester years in which we became an envy of many across the globe through the exploits of Byron and Wyne Black. We are confident that with the current crop of players that we have can surpass the achievements made by the Black brothers,” he added.