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Ricardo Rodríguez led a great start in the Davis Cup

The team swept Panama 3-0 on the first day of Group III of America

Venezuela took a big first step to ascend to World Group II of the Davis Cup, adding three victories against Panama, in their first duels of the American group three, in the tie that is played on the cement courts of the Ecazu Country Club in Costa Rica.

The Valencian Rafael Abdul, the second racket of the team now captained by Román Recarte, debuted in the Davis Cup with a hard-fought victory 6-3 and 6-3 over Marcelo Rodríguez from Canal.

The first set was even until Abdul converted a double break point on Rodriguez's fourth serve to take a 5-3 lead. The Panamanian threatened to strike back, but Abdul held on and saved two break points to win the set 6-3.

In the second set, Abdul won the first two services and kept the advantage to repeat the dose of 6-3 and give the first point to Venezuela.

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In the second game, Ricardo Rodríguez, back in the national team, gave Luis Gómez no respite. He won the first four services to prevail 6-1, and in the second game he came back from 0-2 and got the second point of the day with a 6-3.

The third point of the first day was contributed by Ricardo Rodríguez and the left-handed Brandon Pérez who defeated the brothers José and Luis Gómez 7-5 and 6-4.

Today Venezuela is looking for three new points against Puerto Rico and tomorrow it goes against Guatemala in an attempt to win the tie and climb another ladder.

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