Maks Kaśnikowski is currently ranked 271st in the world, while his Friday’s opponent is at 330th position. The players engaged in a tight match, reaching a 3:3 tie in the first set, breaking each other once. Later, the Polish player had a series of six consecutive won games, which allowed him to gain a sufficient advantage. The third and fifth games in the second set were crucial.
The first one, extremely intense, ended with Kaśnikowski’s victory after 22 points, including four saved break points. In the fifth game, the match officials came to the forefront, making multiple mistakes in calling outs, and the main umpire overturned the sideline judge’s decision once. The errors led to a short break in the game, with a discussion between the captains of both teams – Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Denis Istomin – and the main umpire. Moments later, the Polish player seized the second match point.
Saturday will begin with a doubles game, where Hurkacz and Jan Zieliński will face Fomin and Maksim Szyn. Then, the scheduled singles matches will be Hurkacz – Sułtanow and Kaśnikowski – Fomin. The match will determine the advancement to the World Group I, which is the direct support for the elite. According to the regulations, the captains can make changes in the lineups one hour before the start of the first match, as well as between individual matches.
The Polish team also includes Kamil Majchrzak, Karol Drzewiecki, and junior player Tomasz Berkieta as a reserve. Poland is currently ranked 51st in the national team ranking conducted by the International Tennis Federation, while Uzbekistan is classified at 36th place.