Kenyans remain in contention at Davis Cup show

Kenya beat Algeria 2-1 in their second match of the Davis Cup Group 3 tournament in Cairo, Egypt. The Kenyans fell behind in the opening singles match when Sheil Kotecha lost to Nazim Makhlouf 4-6, 7-6 ,(11-9), 6-1. Kotecha got off to flying start in the first set as he outwitted the Algerian, breaking his serve to lead 2-0. Makhlouf was not going down without a fight as he won the next two games to tie the match at 2-2.
The two players were evenly matched with play going to serve for the next four games and were tied at 4-4.Kotecha was building momentum and he broke Makhlouf’s resistance to win the ninth game for a 5-4 lead and closed out the set by winning the tenth game. The two players were evenly matched in the second set with play going to serve until the tie break, where Makhlouf dug deep to win the set and level the match.
Kotecha game fell apart in the third set as the Algerian broke his serve early and raced to a 3-0 lead before the Kenyan found his game in the fourth game to trail 3-1. A fired up Makhlouf then stepped up in the final three game of the set to give the Algerians a 1-0 lead. Ishmael Changawa was ruthless in the second set as he dispatched Mohamed Hassan 6-0, 6-3 to level the tie at 1-1. In the doubles category, Changawa teamed up with Ibrahim Kibet to defeat Nazim Makhlouf and Hichem Yasri 6-4, 7-5 to win the tie. Kenya were due to play Benin last night in the third match. The winners of each pool play runners-up of the other pool to determine which two nations are promoted to Asia/Oceania Zone Group II in 2018.

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