Lawn Tennis: A (Nearly) Complete History of Sporting Encounters with Ecuador

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Great Britain played Ecuador in the Davis Cup twice. The first meeting, in 2000, ended with a humiliating defeat for Great Britain. The final nail in the coffin was the defeat of Arvind Parmar, who blew a two-set lead, by Ecuador's Giovanni Lapentti (right).

Greg Rusedski started the match but was injured in the first game against Nicolas Lapentti, and went on to lose in five sets. However, Tim Hen-man had given Britain some hope in beating Luis Morejon. But a surprise defeat in the doubles, when Henman and Parmar lost their match against the Lapentti brothers, left Britain 2-1 down. Henman then won his second singles match, but in the deciding rubber the Ecuador team claimed a . historic victory.

Their next meeting, in 2001, brought a turnaround for Great Britain, who nearly completed a whitewash had it not been for Barry Cowan's defeat to Morejon. Earlier Rusedski had beaten Nicolas Lapentti in the 1 opening rubber, then Henman put Britain in a commanding position when he defeated Morejon 6-4,6-2,6-2. …