Davis Cup Tennis Roundup : Krickstein, Flach-Seguso Give Americans 2-1 Lead

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Ken Flach and Robert Seguso defeated Andres Gomez and Ricardo Ycaza, 6-2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, in doubles Saturday to give the United States a 2-1 lead over Ecuador in Davis Cup competition at Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Earlier Saturday, 18-year-old Aaron Krickstein completed an 8-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Raul Viver in a match that was suspended Friday because of darkness with the third set tied at 2-2. Krickstein quickly polished off his opponent when play resumed to pull the United States even at 1-1.

In Friday's opening match, Gomez had defeated Jimmy Arias in 4 1/2 hours, 7-5, 4-6, 4-6, 9-7, 6-4.

Flach and Seguso needed 2 1/2 hours to win the doubles match before a crowd of about 3,000 at half-filled Francisco Segura Cano stadium.

The best-of-five competition winds up today. Gomez will play Krickstein, and Viver takes on Arias.

The winner advances to the quarterfinal round of the World Group to meet the winner of Mexico vs. West Germany being played at Mexico City.

In that series, Fernando Perez Pascal and Leonardo Lavalle beat Boris Becker and Andreas Maurer, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, in a 3-hour, 20-minute match to give Mexico a 2-1 edge.

At Copenhagen, Mats Wilander and Anders Jarryd defeated Peter Bastiansen and Michael Mortensen, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, in 1 hour 40 minutes to give Sweden, the defending Davis Cup champion, an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Denmark.

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