Argentina, Brazil tied at 1-1 in Davis Cup first-rounder

Buenos Aires, Argentina ( – South American rivals Argentina
and Brazil split Friday’s opening singles matches in their best-of-five Davis
Cup matchup in Buenos Aires.

Joao Souza gave the visitors a 1-0 lead by outlasting Argentine Carlos
Berlocq 6-4, 3-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 on the red clay at Tecnopolis. The Day 1
nightcap then saw Leonardo Mayer top Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 6-3, 1-6,
6-3 to level the showdown.

Saturday will feature a doubles match, while Sunday’s reverse singles will pit
Mayer against Souza and Berlocq versus Bellucci.

Argentina is 5-2 all-time versus Brazil in Davis Cup play.

The winner of this opening-round tie will face the Croatia-Serbia victor in a
quarterfinal in July.