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Australia reaches Davis Cup semis by beating the Netherlands

Alex de Minaur and Jordan Thompson gained their singles matches to assist Australia qualify for the Davis Cup semifinals for the primary time since 2017 on the expense of the Netherlands.

De Minaur beat Botic van de Zandschulp 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the sequence 2-0 and arrange a semifinal tie in opposition to both Spain or Croatia.

“We’ve got a great team, a lot of belief and a lot of passion,” De Minaur stated. “I’m very happy to win today. ”Every single one in every of these gamers on our group goes to play their coronary heart out. We’ll do every part we will for our nation.”

Australia is the second most successful nation in the team competition with 28 titles but the last triumph dates to 2003.

De Minaur completed his rally with a break in the 10th game of the final set by building a 40-0 lead and converting the first match point on an indoor hardcourt 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 Dutch player took the first set with a break in the 12th game. He recorded three victories in the group stage, including a win over American Taylor Fritz.

Earlier, Jordan Thompson also came from a set down to defeat Tallon Griekspoor 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and give Australia a 1-0 lead.

The Australian hit 16 aces to overcome his Dutch opponent in a hard-fought match that took almost three hours.

“Davis Cup is something special, you feel extra pressure, so I was a little bit bit tight to start with,” Thompson stated. “He was taking part in nice tennis however I hung in there, acquired a bit extra aggressive because the match went on. It means the world.”

Thompson acquired the decisive break to leap to a 4-2 lead within the ultimate set and held on. After shedding the opening set, the Australian got here again with a break within the twelfth recreation of the second set.

The ultimate doubles of Wimbledon champions Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell of Australia in opposition to Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop of the Netherlands was not performed.

The quarterfinal tie between the 2019 champion Spain and 2021 runner-up Croatia is Wednesday.

The quarterfinals wrap up Thursday, when the U.S. meets Italy, and Canada performs Germany. The semifinals are Friday and Saturday, and the title might be determined Sunday.

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