DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s tennis redshirt junior Nicolas Alvarez took a brief break from competing for the Blue Devils last weekend to play for his native country of Peru in Davis Cup by BNP Paribas action. Alvarez, the second-youngest player on his squad, evened the match against Mexico at 1-1 with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory against Luis Patino last Saturday.
With the win, Alvarez is now 5-2 in Davis Cup action for Peru. The Lima native took down No. 807 Patino at Club Deportivo la Asunción in Metepec, Mexico.
Alvarez pounded to the win in the first set, helped by capturing 86 percent of first-serve points. After Patino cashed in on a pair of break points in the second set, Alvarez rebounded in the third set with a trio of aces and converting two-of-three break point opportunities. Alvarez went 14-of-14 on second serves in the deciding set and won 57 percent of second-serve point compared to 45 percent for Patino.
Peru advanced to the second round of the Davis Cup Americas Zone Group II tournament with a 4-1 victory against Bolivia in February.