19 de junio de 2019
Hispanic World

Argentina takes 2-0 lead over Colombia in Davis Cup playoff round

San Juan, Argentina, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- Guido Pella met surprisingly stiff resistance from Daniel Elahi Galan but pulled out a 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory here Friday to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over visiting Colombia in that Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie.

San Juan, Argentina, Sep 14 (efe-epa).- Guido Pella met surprisingly stiff resistance from Daniel Elahi Galan but pulled out a 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory here Friday to give Argentina a 2-0 lead over visiting Colombia in that Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie.

The 209th-ranked Galan battled back from a 4-1 deficit in the third set, winning five straight games to stun the world No. 62 and grab a two-set-to-one lead.

Pella played more aggressively in the final two sets, however, to seize full command of this indoor clay-court match at Aldo Cantoni Stadium in the western city of San Juan.

Earlier Friday, 14th-ranked Diego Schwartzman overcame a third-set hiccup to defeat Santiago Giraldo, a former top-30 player who is currently ranked No. 410, by the score of 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-1.

Argentina can clinch the tie with a win in Saturday's doubles, when Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos will take on the Colombian duo of Alejandro Gomez and Cristian Rodriguez.

If Colombia comes out on top, the tie will be decided by Sunday's reverse singles.

The drastic overhaul of the Davis Cup format starting in 2019 means both Argentina and Colombia already have qualified for a 24-team qualifying event for the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, although the winner of this weekend's tie will be seeded - and theoretically better positioned - in that February qualifying round.

For the first time in the long history of the Davis Cup, tennis' premier international team event will not be played throughout the year in 2019 but instead consist of the qualifying round and an 18-team year-end Finals at a neutral site (initially in Madrid).

The Davis Cup final has traditionally been contested between just two teams (one of which hosted the tie) that made it through three previous rounds, but a drastic revamp was approved because of the irregular participation of tennis' biggest stars.

In another key change, all matches in both the qualifying round and the Finals, scheduled for Nov. 18-24, 2019, will be reduced from best-of-five sets to best-of-three sets.

Histórico de noticias
Kate del Castillo gives voice to Ciudad Juarez victims in New York theater

By Nora Quintanilla

Pence thanks Latin America for generosity in supporting Venezuela's freedom

Miami, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday renewed the "firm" commitment of the Donald Trump administration to Venezuela's "legitimate"...

Aubrey Plaza about murderous Chucky: Horror is a release we need

By David Villafranca

Bolivia inaugurates its 1st capsule hotel

La Paz, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Comfort and a futuristic style come together in Bolivia's first capsule hotel, which starting this Tuesday will offer lodging to...

Trump's trade rep sees progress on quick USMCA pact approval

Washington, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday emphasized his office's "constructive" talks with Democratic lawmakers...

Brazil's Dani Alves returns to the stadium where it all started

By Carlos Meneses Sanchez

Trump: Shanahan withdraws as defense secretary nominee

Washington, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan decided to withdraw from the process to...

OAS rejects claims of election fraud in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- The head of the electoral mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) for Guatemala rejected Tuesday the...

HRW: Dominican women being denied sexual, reproductive rights

Santo Domingo, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Teenage girls in the Dominican Republic are being denied their sexual and reproductive rights, including access to safe...

Mexico's president tops 1 mn YouTube subscribers

Mexico City, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday celebrated topping 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel,...

Santos administration left no money for peace projects, Colombian VP says

By Jaime Ortega and Daniel Suarez

Trump says he'll meet with Xi at G20

Washington, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would have "an extended meeting" with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the...

Colombia vs Qatar: clash between Portugal's Queiroz, Spain's Sanchez

Sao Paulo, Jun 18 (efe-epa).- Colombia and Qatar national teams are set to square off against each other with the aim of moving a step closer to qualifying...

Argentina and Paraguay to square off in Copa America battle of the reeling

By Sebastian Meresman

2 people seriously injured during Raptors NBA championship celebration

Toronto, Canada, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- At least two people were seriously injured on Monday during the downtown Toronto celebration of the local Raptors' NBA...

Security buildup curbs flow of migrants into southern Mexico

Suchiate, Mexico, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- The growing presence of Mexican security forces has resulted in a significant reduction in the number of undocumented...

Venezuelan lawmaker accused of rebellion flees to Colombia

Caracas, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- Opposition lawmaker Richard Blanco, accused by the Venezuelan justice system of being involved in the failed military rebellion...

Paris air show opens with Airbus advantage over Boeing

By Angel Calvo

Ancient settlement in Mexico City fights to survive

By Julito Martinez

Guatemalan presidential contest headed to runoff

Guatemala City, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- Social democrat Sandra Torres and center-right hopeful Alejandro Giammattei were the top two vote-getters in the weekend...

Uruguay's Vecino undergoes medical tests, misses Copa America practice

Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- The Uruguayan national soccer team, which made its Copa America debut over the weekend with a 4-0 blowout of...

Fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt dies

New York, Jun 17 (efe-epa).- New York fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt died Monday, her son, well-known CNN cable news host Anderson Cooper,...

Gunpowder, roast corn, dancing: Brazil has world's biggest feast of St. John

By Carlos Meneses Sanchez

Copa America’s nearly empty stadiums

Porto Alegre (Brazil), Jun 17 (efe-epa).- If fans are the beating heart of soccer, the 2019 Copa America as a slow pulse as its stadium looked nearly empty...