Adrian Mannarino brings the level of France | ATP circuit

Adrian Mannarino equalized France against the Czech Republic at 1-1 on Thursday in the Davis Cup final, defeating Jiri Vesely 6-7 (1), 6-4, 6-2 in Innsbruck, Austria.

The 33-year-old won 77% (51/66) of his first serve points and caused problems for Vesely with his consistent depth on the return to secure the victory after two hours and 38 minutes.

“I was doing my best to keep fighting,” said Mannarino. “I served really well in the key moments, which helps. I got used to the speed of his service. He served very quickly and at first it was hard. On his second serve at the end, I was putting a lot of pressure on it.

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Tomas Machac had given the Czech Republic an early advantage when he surprised by beating Richard Gasquet 7-6 (3), 6-2 in his Davis Cup final debut.

The world No.143 recovered from a breakdown in the first set and made just seven unforced errors to secure victory after an hour and 36 minutes in his first Head2Head meeting.

“It really feels good,” Machac said. “I’m so happy to have played today and won today for the Czech Republic. It was a very difficult game from the start, especially mentally. I am really happy. In the tie-break, I played very well without any mistakes. It was the crucial moment.

Nitto ATP Finals champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will face Czech pair Machac and Jiri Lehecka in the decisive doubles match.

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