Davis Cup | Denmark And Ireland Level After Day 1

Frederic Nielsen and Pete Bothwell claim singles on first day of Group II tie

Simon Carr approaches the net during match with Frederic Nielsen in the Davis Cup
Frederic Nielsen (right) and Simon Carr battle it out at the net | Danish Tennis Federation

By Stephen Higgins | 3 February 2018

Ireland will need to win two out of three matches on Sunday to advance to the second round of the Davis Cup after sharing the opening singles with Denmark on Saturday.

The Group II (Europe/Africa) tie opened at the Birkerod Idraetscenter with a singles match between Denmark's highest-ranked player, Frederic Nielsen, and Irish debutant Simon Carr.

Nielsen, aged 34 and a former Wimbledon doubles champion, had a little too much for his 18-year-old counterpart, taking the match 6-3 7-6 in 90 minutes. It was Nielsen's 34th singles victory in the competition, eight shy of Kurt Nielsen's national record.

The pivotal second singles went the distance before Pete Bothwell finally saw off Soren Hess-Olesen 5-7 6-1 6-3. It was the 22-year-old's second Davis Cup singles victory and fourth overall from five matches played.

As the first two matches were shared, play will continue on Sunday with a doubles and two more singles if required.

The first bout will see Nielsen partner with Thomas Kromann as they take on Carr and Bothwell. The remaining singles rubbers feature Nielsen against Bothwell and Carr against Hess-Olesen.

All of Sunday's matches will be best of three sets and play will start at 10am Irish time.