Thursday, March 30, 2023

Davis Cup: Australia reaches first closing since 2003 after beating Croatia

Australia needed to combat again twice to succeed in its first Davis Cup closing in 19 years after beating Croatia 2-1.

Lleyton Hewitt’s staff recovered from dropping the primary singles on Friday. Then the Australian doubles pair battled again from a set down within the decider.

Australia received its twenty eighth and final title in 2003. It has lastly bought again to the ultimate.

“I am so proud. Australia has a really rich history in this competition,” stated Hewitt, who performed a report 43 Davis Cup ties for Australia from 1999-2018.

“We have been fortunate to win it on several occasions a long time ago. And I know what it meant to me as a player to play a final, and I am glad these guys can play it.”

Borna Coric put Croatia forward by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 6-3, however Alex de Minaur levelled after defeating Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2 to ship it to the doubles.

Jordan Thompson and Max Purcell then secured the semifinal win in opposition to Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic by 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-4.

“This is what this team is about, that never-say-die attitude,” De Minaur stated.

Canada will face Italy on Saturday within the different semifinal.

Within the opener, Kokkinakis struck 11 aces, however Coric was in a position to break him as soon as in every set.

“On my serve, I felt like it was an ace, or he put it back on my toes,” Kokkinakis stated.

Cilic, on the Croatia staff that received the title in 2018, dedicated 10 double faults. That erratic serve helped De Minaur break Cilic 4 occasions and stage his head-to-head report with the previous US Open winner at two wins every.

Thompson and Purcell bettered the extra skilled pair of Mektic and Pavic, each ranked within the prime 10 in doubles. Thompson and Purcell mixed for 13 aces, broke the Croats twice, and by no means dropped a service recreation to return again after dropping the first-set tiebreaker.

Two-time winner Croatia was the runner-up final 12 months.

“It proved too difficult on the court today,” Cilic stated. “(But) for us, it has been a great year again after the finals last year to reach the semis.” The ultimate is on Sunday on the indoor court docket in Málaga.

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