Sports Christian Garín. Photo: Daniel Boyle

Published on April 6th, 2014 | by John Lyons


Massú´s Chile whitewash feeble Paraguay

The victory was already assured, but Chile rounded off their Davis Cup tie against Paraguay in emphatic style with two more wins.

Las Condes – With a 3-0 lead going into the final day at Club Palestino, captain Nicolás Massú and his team could approach the final two singles matches in relaxed mood.

The experienced Jorge Aguilar (431) stretched the lead to 4-0 with a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 win against the unranked Juan Carlos Ramírez.

Then it was the turn of Christian Garín (397) to put the icing on the cake in the battle of the 17-year-olds against Juan Borba. Garin eased to a 6-2, 6-1 success to wrap up Chile´s first 5-0 rout since the 2005 clash against Pakistan.

The win ensured Chile avoided relegation to Americas Zone Group III. Massú and his troops will return next year with the mission of trying to lead Chile out of Group II and back into the upper echelons of world tennis.

Skipper Massú said: “We are very happy. We know that we are in a moment of transition, but it is very important that our young players (Garín and Gonzalo Lama, 20) have the opportunity and win their games.

“You have to begin somewhere and this is a small step in the right direction.”

Garín was delighted to make it back-to-back Davis Cup singles wins against the Paraguayans.

He added: “We were never over-confident. We said that we had to show the difference between the teams and we did it.”

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