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Last Updated: Friday, 4 March, 2005, 12:52 GMT
Gamewatch: Okun v Bogdanovic
Result: Okun 7-6 6-2 6-2 Bogdanovic
(Israel 1-1 Great Britain)

All the action as Britain's Alex Bogdanovic loses to Noam Okun of Israel in the second rubber of the Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone 1 tie.

Third set:

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 6-2 Bogdanovic
Okun quickly puts his opponent out of his misery. It's been a day to forget for Bogdanovic and British captain Jeremy Bates must decide whether to keep faith with the 20-year-old for Sunday's singles.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 5-2 Bogdanovic
Okun moves to within a game of levelling the tie for Israel.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 4-2 Bogdanovic
With the match all but lost, Bogdanovic relaxes and two aces in the game earn him an easy service hold.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 4-1 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic does not seem to know how to attack the net. On countless occasions, he has come in behind an attacking groundstroke and been caught on the service line. It happens again on game point as Okun stretches his lead.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 3-1 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic loses serve for the seventh time in eight attempts and Okun is on his way to certain victory unless Bogdanovic can conjure up a miracle.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 2-1 Bogdanovic
Even two sets behind, Bogdanovic is still unable to shake off the nerves. Okun holds easily.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 1-1 Bogdanovic
Okun unleashes a forehand winner to break back straight away.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 0-1 Bogdanovic
Okun plays another sloppy game and gifts Bogdanovic a break - but can the Briton build on it?


Second set:

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic saves two set points but an unconvincing half-volley gives Okun a third. The Briton puts a forehand wide and his mini-recovery is over.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 5-2 Bogdanovic
Okun plays his worst game in some time and loses serve to love.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 5-1 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic's fourth ace gives him game point and he takes it to avoid a 6-0 whitewash and win his first service game in five attempts.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 5-0 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic gets a rare glimmer of hope as Okun delivers two doubles in a row to give the Briton a break point. But the young Brit slams a forehand into the net and Okun recovers.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 4-0 Bogdanovic
There doesn't seem to be any way back for Bogdanovic now as he loses serve once more. British captain Jeremy Bates looks on in dismay.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 3-0 Bogdanovic
It's another love service game for Okun. Bogdanovic needs to find some inspiration from somewhere if this match is not to run away from him very quickly

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 2-0 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic fires down an ace to save one break point but on the second, Okun scrambles back a defensive lob and Bogdanovic puts it in the net.

Okun 7-6 (7-3) 1-0 Bogdanovic
Okun takes a very long toilet break but returns to hold serve easily. The pressure is all on Bogdanovic now.


First set:

Okun 7-6 (7-3) Bogdanovic
Okun eases to a 6-2 lead before sealing the set with a big first serve. Bogdanovic will do well to recover from the disappointment of letting slip a 5-2 lead and four set points.

Okun 6-6 Bogdanovic
It's hard to tell who is the more nervous. Bogdanovic sees three break-back opportunities slip by while Okun wastes three set points. Okun eventually plants a backhand long and the set goes to a tiebreak.

Okun 6-5 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic staves off three break points but on a fourth, he completely mishits a forehand and Okun will now serve for the set.

Okun 5-5 Bogdanovic
Okun is level for the first time in the match to the delight of the home support. Can the Briton stop the rot?

Okun 4-5 Bogdanovic
Okun is outraged when a Bogdanovic second serve is called in. It gives Bogdanovic two more set points but he makes forehand errors on both. Okun has the crowd on their feet by breaking back.

Okun 3-5 Bogdanovic
The out-of-sorts Okun hands Bogdanovic two set points with a double fault but the Briton plays two nervous shots and lets his opponent off the hook.

Okun 2-5 Bogdanovic
Okun punches the air after a super backhand down the line. He can't back it up though and Bogdanovic serves his first ace as he holds to 15.

Okun 2-4 Bogdanovic
Okun comes through his service game comfortably.

Okun 1-4 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic trots back to the chair after his best game so far - holding his serve to love.

Okun 1-3 Bogdanovic
Okun continues to display some poor decision-making but several mistakes from Bogdanovic give the Israeli his first game.

Okun 0-3 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic recovers from 0-30 down to consolidate the break but he owes his lead more to Okun's inconsistency than his own good play.

Okun 0-2 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic is gifted an early break when Okun plays an awful opening service game - losing it to love.

Okun 0-1 Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic serves first in only his second live Davis Cup match. After a series of long baseline exchanges, Okun earns a break point. The Briton saves it with a forehand winner to give his confidence an early boost.



SEE ALSO
Davis Cup - Israel profiles
01 Mar 05 |  Tennis


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