Five nations seal their debut in the Davis Cup final
LONDON (Reuters) – Five nations sealed their debut in the Davis Cup final in weekend qualification, while heavyweights Germany, Australia, USA and Croatia also booked their places in Madrid.
Ecuador, Sweden, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Austria will participate in the 18 nations draw next week in La Caja Magica in the Spanish capital in November after missing the opening final last year when the international team- Event was revised.
Ecuador's 3-0 win over Japan might not have been as surprising as it sounds when Japan hosted injury and number 48 in the world, Yoshihito Nishioka, who didn't travel because he feared the coronavirus crisis was his Would prevent return to the United States without Kei Nishikori conditions.
The match in Miki was played without fans.
However, the South Americans came to grips with the strange environment when Gonzalo Escobar and Diego Hidalgo secured the victory point in a decisive one-two victory against Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama.
Sweden, who won the Davis Cup seven times between 1975 and 1998 but was in a doldrums, beat Chile 3-1, with Mikael Ymer getting the decisive point.
Hungary, which will host the revised Fed Cup final this year, celebrated an exciting 3-2 win against Belgium.
After the 2-1 doubles on Saturday they lost Attila Balazs and Marton Fuscovics.
Fuscovics followed Riben Bemelmans with one set but struck back and won 6-7 (9) 6-4 6-2.
The Czech Republic didn't have to travel far to book their ticket, just across the border to Bratislava, where they celebrated a 3-1 victory over Slovakia.
In a late night finish, Czech number one, Jiri Vesely, beat Andrej Martin 4: 6, 7: 5, 7: 5.
Austria, without number three in the world, Dominic Thiem, ended Uruguay's hopes in Graz when Dennis Novak defeated Pablo Cuevas and won his team 3-1.
India caused a stir in Zagreb when veteran duo Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna faced Mate Pavic and Franko Skugor in Saturday's doubles to keep the tie alive. However, Marin Cilic quickly prevailed with a 6-0 win over Sumit Nagal.
Germany defeated Belarus 4-1 while Colombia defeated Argentina in a South American derby.
Italy defeated South Korea 4-0 in Cagliari after fans shaved again over coronavirus concerns.
Kazakhstan will be Madrid's second year after beating the Netherlands.
Lleyton Hewitts Australia defeated Brazil 3-1 while the United States, the only nation with more Davis Cup titles than Australia, defeated Uzbekistan.
Six teams had already qualified for the showdown in Madrid, the second version since the event was revised in a $ 3 billion deal over 25 years between the ITF and Kosmos, the Spanish football firm Gerard Pique's Spanish investment firm.
Last year's winners Spain, runner-up Canada and the lost semi-finalists Great Britain and Russia as well as the wildcards Serbia and France did not have to play in the qualification.
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