DURHAM, N.C. - Rising junior men’s tennis player Nicolas Alvarez went 2-0 in singles action to help Peru to a 4-1 victory against Mexico in the semifinals the Davis Cup Group II Americas tournament. The weekend's action marked Alvarez's first in the Davis Cup.
On Friday, Alvarez defeated ATP No. 530 player Lucas Gomez in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3. Alvarez completed the competition Sunday with a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-3 victory against Luis Patino, who is ranked No. 780 by the ATP. Both matches were played in Alvarez's hometown of Lima.
"I am thrilled for Nico," head coach Ramsey Smith said. "He really took advantage of this special opportunity and honor to represent his country in the Davis Cup. For him to step up in his first ever Davis Cup and win both his singles matches against Mexico in front of his friends and family in Lima is awesome. Nico showed how tough he can be under pressure. This experience should give him a ton of confidence for the rest of the summer and beyond."
Alvarez's two victories guided Peru to the win against Mexico and a trip to the Group II Americas Final against Venezuela from September 16-18. Peru is 1-3 all-time against Venezuela during Davis Cup action, winning 3-2 in 2007.