Davis Cup 2021: Australia eliminated, Kazakhstan and Great Britain win
The first decision on the third day of the 2021 Davis Cup, with the Italian morning matches, more clearly outlined the situation in some groups. The news is delivered by first victories for Great Britain and Kazakhstan, who begin their adventure in their respective groups by defeating France and Sweden. Below is the brief description and updated ranking of the day.
Davis Cup 2021: Updated Results and Rankings
Kazakhstan-Sweden: After a surprising 3–0 start against Canada, the Scandinavian national team made a strong start in the second round of the group as well. Elias Yamer actually put Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 7-6 (4) in the opening match. The dream continues with another brother, Yamer, Mikel, winning the first set against Aleksandr Bublik. However, the world number 36 reacts and bounces back with scores of 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. In the end it is the Kazakhs who win thanks to the double: Golubev and Nedovsov actually overcame Goransson and Lindstedt 6-3 6-3.
France-Great Britain – Good first for the British, who beat France on their debut. Dan Evans made his dance debut by defeating Adrian Mannarino in two halves (7-5 6-4). Instead the second singles sees Cameron Norie take the lead, fresh from the ATP Finals experience, leaving Arthur Rinderknecht behind with a score of 6-2 7-6 (8). Despite a first win against the Czech Republic, things get complicated for France: a double success in the end, with Rinderknecht and Mahut overtaking Salisbury and Skupski 6–1 6–4.
Australia-Hungary – The first verdict of the day is Australia’s arithmetic elimination. John Millman’s loss against Zasombor Piros (6-4 4-6 3-6) cost the Lleyton Hewitt-led side, which had already lost to Croatia. News that also affects Italy, which will challenge either Croatia or Hungary if they finish first in the group after beating Colombia. Nevertheless, Alex de Minaur redeemed himself after a knockout against Marin Cilic and defeated Marten Fuskovics in 3 sets (7-5 2-6 7-6(2)).
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