Canada secured their place in the Davis Cup quarter-finals on Saturday thanks to a singles win by Felix Auger-Aliassime, while Croatia improved their chances of reaching the top eight by beating Argentina 3-0.
Auger-Aliassime reinforced his loss to new world No. Carlos Alcaraz with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, although Serbia won the match 2-1 in Valencia to keep their hopes up.
Serbia’s Laszlo Jere beat Gabriel Diallo 6-2, 6-2 in the first singles match before Auger-Aliassime’s victory guaranteed Canada second place in Group B.
“I feel that in this tournament my level was very high,” said Auger-Aliassime, world No. 13.
“I am very pleased with my game. To go out and play in this way, to win, it’s very good for me personally. I’m just really happy for the team.”
“I am very happy that I came and played at the same level as Canada,” he added.
Kečmanović and Filip Krajinović led Vasek Pospisil and Alexis Galarno 2–1 in the first set of doubles before a knee injury forced Pospisil to retire.
Serbia needs South Korea to beat Spain on Sunday to take the hosts to the play-offs in Malaga in November.
The Spaniards beat Serbia before losing 2-1 to Canada, while the Koreans lost their first two draws.
Last year’s runners-up Croatia beat Argentina to increase their chances of reaching the quarter-finals from Group A, where they won two of three draws.
Borna Gojo beat Sebastian Baez in three sets before Cincinnati Masters champion Borna Coric took over Francisco Cerundolo 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) in Bologna.
Mate Pavic and Nikola Mektic edged out Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Ceballos in doubles.
Croatia is now waiting for Sunday’s result between Italy and Sweden to see if it moves forward. Italy 2-0 and Sweden 1-1.
The Netherlands finished top of Group D with a third straight win after beating the USA 2–1 in Glasgow.
Botitsch van de Zandschulp won his third singles match of the week, his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Taylor Fritz secured a draw for the Dutch after Tallon Greekspoor outmaneuvered Tommy Paul 7-5, 7- 6. (7/3).
“We had an amazing week together,” Van de Zandschulp said. “Not everyone expected us to be number one, but we played great tennis.”
Rajeev Ram and Jack Sok won the double in three tight sets against Wesley Koolhoff and Matwe Middelkop.
France beat Belgium 2-1 and were knocked out of the tournament with a consolation victory.
Richard Gasquet beat 268th-placed Michael Gerts 6-3, 6-3, but Belgium equaled when David Goffin beat Benjamin Bonzi in three sets.
Nicolas Mayut and Arthur Rinderknech defeated Sander Gille and Göran Fliegen in straight sets to win a draw, leaving the Belgians to suffer their third straight loss.
Germany hosts Australia on Sunday in Hamburg to determine the Group C winner.