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Australia reaches Davis Cup semis by beating the Netherlands

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Rolex Paris Masters - Day Three
Rolex Paris Masters – Day Three

MALAGA, Spain. Alex de Minaur and Jordan Thompson won their singles matches to help Australia reach the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2017 at the expense of the Netherlands.

De Minaur beat Botić van de Zandschulp 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to end the series 2-0 and set up a semi-final draw with either Spain or Croatia.

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“We have a great team, a lot of faith and a lot of passion,” De Minaur said. “I am very happy with today’s victory. “Each of these players on our team will play with all their heart. We will do our best for our country.”

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Australia is the second most successful country in team competition with 28 titles, but the most recent triumph dates back to 2003.

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De Minaur ended his play with a break in Game 10 of the final set, taking a 40-0 lead and converting the first match point on an indoor hard court in the southern Spanish city of Malaga.

He started his comeback by breaking Van de Zandschulp in the first and last games of the second set. The Dutchman took the first set with a break in the 12th installment. He had three group stage victories, including a victory over American Taylor Fritz.

Previously, Jordan Thompson also pulled out to defeat Tallon Greekspur 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to give Australia a 1-0 lead.

The Aussie made 16 aces to take down his Dutch rival in a tense match that lasted almost three hours.

“The Davis Cup is something special, you feel that extra pressure, so I was a little tense at first,” Thompson said. “He played great tennis, but I held on and got a little more aggressive as the match progressed. It means peace.”

Thompson was given a decisive break to take a 4–2 lead in the final set and held on. After losing the opening set, the Australian returned with a break in the 12th game of the second set.

The final doubles of Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of Australia against Wesley Koolhoff and Matwe Middelkop of the Netherlands was not played.

The quarter-final match between 2019 champions Spain and 2021 runners-up Croatia will take place on Wednesday.

The quarter-finals wrap up on Thursday as the US faces Italy and Canada faces Germany. The semi-finals will take place on Friday and Saturday, with the name to be decided on Sunday.

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