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Australia levels steely comeback to advance to Davis Cup 2023 semifinals | 22 November, 2023 | All Information | Information and Options | Information and Occasions


A heroic effort from Alex de Minaur helps Australia attain consecutive Davis Cup semifinals for the primary time since 2001.

Malaga, Spain, 22 November 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Australia has fought again from the brink of elimination to maintain our Davis Cup desires alive.

The Czech Republic made a near-perfect begin towards the Aussies in a quarterfinal showdown at Malaga, with world No.78 Tomas Machac scoring a straight-sets win towards Jordan Thompson within the opening singles rubber.

World No.31 Jiri Lehecka, who entered the tie on a seven-match profitable streak in Davis Cup, then served for victory towards Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur.

But the world No.12 discovered one other gear below immense stress, preventing again to publish a stirring 4-6 7-6(2) 7-5 victory.

“It’s been a really lengthy yr, proper? I feel it could have been fairly straightforward for me to roll over below the circumstances, however that’s simply not the kind of participant I’m. I’m at all times going to combat till the top,” De Minaur mentioned after the two-hour and 32-minute battle.

“I sort of obtained somewhat sniff. I used to be capable of sort of play a stable recreation there (trailing 4-5 within the second set), and after that, I felt like the entire momentum sort of modified.”

Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt was filled with reward for De Minaur’s effort.

“(Alex) needed to dig actually deep, and but once more, he got here out and saved us,” Hewitt mentioned.

De Minaur’s inspiring effort lifted the whole Aussie staff, particularly Matt Ebden and Max Purcell who teamed up within the remaining doubles rubber.

The Wimbledon 2022 champions saved their unbeaten file in Davis Cup this season intact, sealing a outstanding victory for Australia within the course of, with a 6-4 7-5 triumph towards Czech pair Lehecka and Adam Pavlasek.

“That was spectacular in itself, you understand, to come back out after driving the ups and downs of each singles matches, after which to have the ability to simply swap it on like they did and put in that sort of spectacular efficiency was superior,” Hewitt mentioned.

Ebden and Purcell have now gained 4 Davis Cup doubles matches in 2023, all with out conceding a set.

This marks the primary time that Australia has superior to back-to-back Davis Cup semifinals in 22 years.

Shock packets Finland, having fun with their nation’s deepest run in Davis Cup historical past, await within the semifinals.

The semifinals shall be performed on Friday 24 November in Spain (from 2am AEDT on Saturday 25 November) and broadcast stay in Australia on the 9 Community.

Davis Cup, quarterfinals

AUSTRALIA d CZECH REPUBLIC 2-1

Tomas Machac (CZE) d Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-4 7-5
Alex de Minaur (AUS) d Jiri Lehecka (CZE) 4-6 7-6(2) 7-5
Matt Ebden/Max Purcell (AUS) d Jiri Lehecka/Adam Pavlasek (CZE) 6-4 7-5

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