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James McGee wins as Ireland avoid Davis Cup relegation

Updated: Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 15:11

James McGee battled through 40 degree heat in Cairo to win the decisive Davis Cup rubber
James McGee battled through 40 degree heat in Cairo to win the decisive Davis Cup rubber

Ireland avoided Davis Cup Group II relegation on Monday thanks to James McGee’s victory over Egyptian number two Sherif Sabry in Cairo.

Play was suspended on Sunday evening, which forced the tie into a fourth day and play resumed with McGee leading by two sets to one.

South African referee Iain Smith had deemed the venue to be unplayable due to bad light.

Sabry broke McGee to love in the eighth game of the fourth set and went on take it 6-3 in 40 degree heat at the El Gezera Sporting Club, forcing the match into a decisive fifth set in the deciding rubber.

McGee broke Sabry at 4-2 in the fifth set and at 5-2 he had a match point, which Sabry saved and held his own serve to stay in the match at 5-3.

Sabry broke McGee at 5-4 and was serving to stay in the tie, however, McGee earned two match points in the final game, and took the second of them to secure the tie for Ireland 6-2 5-7 7-5 3-6 6-4.