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Israel takes 2-1 lead vs Argentina in Davis Cup

Best-of-five ‘home’ series in Florida to be decided Sunday

Jonathan Erlich watches as his team mate Andy Ram, of Israel, returns the ball to the team from Argentina during the Davis Cup match in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday, September 13, 2014. (photo credit: AP/J. Pat Carter)
Jonathan Erlich watches as his team mate Andy Ram, of Israel, returns the ball to the team from Argentina during the Davis Cup match in Sunrise, Florida, on Saturday, September 13, 2014. (photo credit: AP/J. Pat Carter)

SUNRISE, Fla. — Israel’s Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram defeated Argentina’s Federico Delbonis and Horacio Zeballos 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in doubles Saturday for a 2-1 lead in the Davis Cup World Group playoff.

Israel broke Zeballos’ serve to lead 3-1 in the decisive fifth set, which was played in 91-degree temperatures at the Sunrise Tennis Center.

The match will be decided Sunday in reverse singles when Argentina’s top player Leonardo Mayer faces Israel’s Dudi Sela. If necessary in the best-of-five series, Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq will play Bar Botzer.

The event was originally a home match for Israel in Tel Aviv. But because of safety concerns, the International Tennis Federation moved it to Florida.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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