Switzerland defeats Ecuador 3:2 | Sports at home/abroad

Davis Cup – The Swiss Davis Cup team defeats Ecuador 3-2 away and advances to qualify for the final tournament in 2023. Debutant Alexander Ritschard gets the decisive point for Switzerland.

The 27-year-old Ritschard from Zurich, who experienced his baptism of fire at a Grand Slam tournament in Wimbledon in June and a short time later at the Swiss Open in Gstaad, was able to record his first victory on the ATP Tour, left his first appearance in the Davis Cup don’t burn anything. The Swiss-American dual citizen, currently number 163 in the ranking, swept Roberto Quiroz (ATP 260) off the pitch in Salinas with a confident 6: 1, 6: 2.

Ritschard thus justified the trust of Captain Severin Lüthi, who had placed his trust in him and not in the intended Henri Laaksonen.

The second day had already started well for the Swiss team, thanks to a victory in doubles they were able to lead 2:1. Marc-Andrea Hüsler (ATP 87), the nominal Swiss number 1, won alongside Dominic Stricker 7: 5, 4: 6, 6: 3 against the Ecuadorian duo Gonzalo Escobar / Diego Hidalgo.

Hüsler runs out of breath

However, the doubles lasted 2:33 hours, so Hüsler ran out of breath in the subsequent singles after a break of only around 50 minutes against Emilio Gomez (ATP 112) after winning the first set. The left-hander from Zurich, who had won his first singles game the day before, had to admit defeat to the son of Ecuadorian tennis legend Andres Gomez 7: 6 (7: 3) 2: 6, 2: 6.

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The atmosphere in the Salinas agglomeration did not turn out to be as hectic as feared. 600 spectators, 10 of them from Switzerland, created a great atmosphere. “It wasn’t a disadvantage for us that we had to play away from home,” Hüsler concluded.

Playoffs in March

With the victory over Ecuador, Switzerland returns to the top Davis Cup floor. Next March, the Swiss can play in a playoff for the chance to qualify for the group phase of the final tournament for the first time since the mode change (2019).