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Dominic Thiem needs only 95 minutes to beat Jordan Thompson of Australia on Friday in Austria.

Thiem Leads Austria To Commanding Davis Cup Lead

ATPWorldTour.com recaps the Davis Cup World Group Playoffs

AUSTRIA 2, AUSTRALIA 0
Graz, Austria (Outdoor clay)

Austria heads into the weekend with a comfortable 2-0 lead in its playoff match against Australia after two convincing wins on Friday. No. 8 Dominic Thiem led the home nation with a dominating 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 win against Aussie Jordan Thompson. Thiem hit 23 winners and limited Thompson to just five in the 95-minute victory.

Thiem's countryman Dennis Novak, No. 133 in the ATP Rankings, was just as impressive during a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win against #NextGenATP Aussie Alex de Minaur, who is playing at a career-high No. 38 in the ATP Rankings after reaching the third round of the US Open (l. to Cilic).

JAPAN 2, BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA 0
Osaka, Japan (Outdoor hard)

Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishioka delivered straight-sets wins to give the home nation a commanding 2-0 lead. Daniel beat Tomislav Brkic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(3), and Nishioka dismissed Mirza Basic 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

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SWITZERLAND 1, SWEDEN 1
Biel, Switzerland (Indoor hard)

Sweden's 6-0 head-to-head record against Switzerland could be in jeopardy this weekend. The two countries split Friday's singles matches, as Sweden's Markus Eriksson outlasted Marc-Andrea Huesler 3-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(10), 6-4, and Swiss Henri Laaksonen beat Jonathan Mridha 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-3.

SERBIA 2, INDIA 0
Kraljevo, Serbia (Indoor clay)

Serbia is within a match of winning a tie on clay for the first time since 2013. The home country leads India 2-0 after Laslo Djere beat Ramkumar Ramanathan 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2), 6-2, and Dusan Lajovic swept Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

HUNGARY 1, CZECH REPUBLIC 1
Budapest, Hungary (Outdoor clay)

Czech Republic will have to work to stay ahead in its head-to-head against Hungary (2-1) as the countries are even heading into the weekend. Hungarian Zsombor Piros came back to beat Jiri Vesely 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5. But Czech Lukas Rosol evened the tie with a 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 victory against Mate Valkusz.

GREAT BRITAIN 1, UZBEKISTAN 1
Glasgow, Great Britain (Indoor hard)

It appeared that Great Britain was poised to take a commanding 2-0 lead in its tie against visiting Uzbekistan, as World No. 70 Cameron Norrie led World No. 434 Jurabek Karimov by two sets and a break. But after storming back and saving a match point in the third-set tie-break, Karimov defeated the home favourite 0-6, 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-2, 6-2. Earlier in the day, Dan Evans defeated Uzbek No. 1 Denis Istomin 7-6(4), 4-6, 0-6, 6-4, 7-5.

ARGENTINA 2, COLOMBIA 0
San Juan, Argentina (Indoor clay)

The 2016 champion is in good shape against its South American rival, with Argentina taking a 2-0 lead against Colombia. 

World No. 14 Diego Schwartzman overcame a fourth-set hiccup to beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-1 in two hours, 43 minutes to give his country the lead. And while his countryman, Guido Pella, fell behind two sets to one, the left-hander battled back. Pella defeated Daniel Elahi Galan 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, breaking on five of 18 opportunities in the match.

CANADA 2, NETHERLANDS 0
Toronto, Canada (Indoor hard)

Canada is one point from victory after taking a 2-0 lead over the Netherlands in dramatic fashion in Toronto. After Milos Raonic comfortably earned the home side its first point of the tie with a straight-sets victory over Thiemo de Bakker, Denis Shapovalov fired 55 winners to recover from two sets down, beating Robin Haase 3-6, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and 35 minutes.

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