DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS
Murray Sends Great Britain Into 2014 Davis Cup World Group
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com provides a round-up of the eight Davis Cup World Group play-off ties on Sunday.
CROATIA 1, GREAT BRITAIN 4
Venue: Stadion Stella Maris, Umag, CRO (clay – outdoor)
Andy Murray, playing his first tie for two years, recorded his 16th straight singles rubber victory to earn Great Britain a spot in the World Group. Murray beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in the first reverse singles rubber. Great Britain has not won a World Group tie since March 1986. Daniel Evans won the dead rubber against Mate Pavic 6-4, 7-6(4).
"I’m very happy with the way I played today," said Murray. "Davis Cup is different. It’s definitely a character builder. You’re playing for your team and your country. I wanted to try and finish the tie, try and get us back into the World Group. I didn’t want to let the team down.”
JAPAN 3, COLOMBIA 2
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoor)
Japan has returned to the World Group after singles victories for Kei Nishikori and Go Soeda in the reverse singles. World No. 12 Nishikori defeated Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, before Soeda recorded “the biggest win of my career” with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 win over Alejandro Falla. “I felt a lot pressure while waiting for my match,” said Soeda. “I tried not to have any negative thoughts.”
POLAND 1, AUSTRALIA 4
Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (clay – indoor)
Australia returned to the World Group for the first time in six years after Bernard Tomic, currently No. 51 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, beat Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3. Nick Kyrgios was leading 4-1 in the dead rubber when Michal Przysiezny retired after 19 minutes of play.
GERMANY 4, BRAZIL 1
Venue: Ratiopharm Arena, Ulm/Neu Ulm, GER (hard – indoor)
Daniel Brands completed a dream Davis Cup debut by winning the tie for Germany after a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 win over Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in one hour and 55 minutes. Brands replaced Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was suffering from an illness. Florian Mayer made it 4-1 to Germany with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Rogerio Dutra Silva in the dead rubber.
BELGIUM 3, ISRAEL 2
Venue: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, BEL (clay – indoor)
Steve Darcis was the hero for Belgium, winning his third point of the week with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Israel’s Amir Weintraub. Darcis beat Dudi Sela on Friday and partnered Olivier Rochus to a doubles rubber win. He is now 13-4 in Davis Cup singles. World No. 155 Ruben Bemelmans had levelled the scoreline at 2-2 after a 7-5, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over Sela.
SPAIN 5, UKRAINE 0
Venue: Caja Magica, Madrid, ESP (clay – outdoor)
SWITZERLAND 4, ECUADOR 1
Venue: Patinoire du Littoral, Neuchatel, SUI (hard – indoor)
NETHERLANDS 5, AUSTRIA 0
Venue: Martini Plaza, Groningen, NED (clay – indoor)
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