A fighting recovery by Brazilian tennis Thomas Koch and Edson Mandarino gave their country a vital 2-1 lead over Rumania in the inter-zone Davis Cup final in Sao paulo.
MS Brazilian and Rumanian flags
MLS Play during last set in progress, Rumanians receiving from Brazilians, PAN To crowd
MS Rumanians receiving service
MOS Koch returning
MS Crowd applauding
LS Court, Brazilians serve and lose point
CS Mandarino of Brazil serving PAN TO crowd applauding
LS Mandarino serving, Rumanians fail to return, Brazilians take game, set and match
MS Koch surrounded by crowds
MS Crowd cheering
MS Koch surrounded by fens
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Background: A fighting recovery by Brazilian tennis Thomas Koch and Edson Mandarino gave their country a vital 2-1 lead over Rumania in the inter-zone Davis Cup final in Sao paulo. Thought the Brazilians lost the first set 1-6 to Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac of Rumania, they fought back in the next four sets to win 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. But the outcome of the inter-zone final still depended on today's two remaining singles matches.
SYNOPSIS: Brazil versus Rumania. It's the Sunday encounter between tennis stars of the two countries in the inter-zone Davis Cup final in Sao Paulo. Here it's the Rumanians Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriao receiving service. The Brazilian Pair were Edson Mandarino, who lost his opening singles match.......
.......and Thomas Koch, who won his singles. Gut in the doubles, the Brazilians suffered an early upset losing the first set six-one.
Mandarino serving. The Brazilians fought back to level at two sets all.
Match point in the fifth set. And the Brazilians won through for a five-set victory -- one-six, six-three, six-three three-six, six-four. It gave them a two-one lead int the inter-zone final, with everything to play for in Monday's two remaining singles matches.