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De Minaur Helps Guide Australia To Victory

  • Posted: Nov 27, 2021

Alex de Minaur edged Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(2) Saturday at the Davis Cup Finals to help Australia battle back and defeat Hungary to keep alive its qualification hopes in Group D in Turin.

Following John Millman’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Zsombor Piros in the first match of the tie, the pressure was on De Minaur. But he stepped up, breaking five times to secure victory after three hours and seven minutes.

“This is what the Davis Cup is all about,” De Minaur said. “You leave it all out there for your country. It was a brutal battle, it was a great match and I am happy to get a point for my country. Day one we had a tough day, we just had to come out today and keep going.”

In the decisive doubles rubber, Alex Bolt and John Peers then overcome Fabian Marozsan and Piros 6-3, 6-7(11), 6-3 in two hours and five minutes to seal a 2-1 comeback victory for Australia.

Bolt and Peers did not face a break point and raised their level in the third set to triumph.

Australia lost its opening Group D tie against Croatia, but can still qualify for the quarter-finals as one of the two best second-placed nations.

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Kazakhstan Edges Sweden

  • Posted: Nov 27, 2021

Following Alexander Bublik’s victory, Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov completed the comeback for Kazakhstan Saturday at the Davis Cup Finals, defeating Andre Goransson and Robert Lindstedt 6-3, 6-3 to seal a 2-1 win against Sweden.

The pair won 87 per cent (26/30) of first-serve points and did not face a break point to triumph after 69 minutes.

In the opening match of the day in Madrid, Elias Ymer overcame Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-6(4) to put Sweden on the brink of qualification, after the former champion won their opening Group B tie against Canada Thursday.

Ymer hit nine aces and blasted 26 winners in his one-hour, 53-minute win. However, his brother, Mikael Ymer, was unable to win the tie, falling to Alexander Bublik 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in one hour and 37 minutes.

Bublik broke four times and won the last eight games to bring Kazakhstan level.

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Norrie Seals Victory For Great Britain

  • Posted: Nov 27, 2021

Cameron Norrie moved past Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech 6-2, 7-6(8) Saturday at the Davis Cup Finals to ensure Great Britain made a winning start in its first tie in Group C in Innsbruck, Austria.

The World No. 12 saved all four break points he faced and hit 24 winners as he overpowered Rinderknech to secure victory after two hours and six minutes.

Earlier, Daniel Evans had given Great Britain a 1-0 lead when he defeated Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-4 in one hour and 56 minutes.

The 31-year-old won 80 per cent (20/25) of his first-serve points and broke three times to seal his win.

“It was always going to be a difficult tie,” Great Britain capitan Leon Smith said. “Evans got us off to a great start. I thought his mentality was really good today. I thought he got the balance right, playing offensive tennis like we know he can do, while also showing his defensive skills. Then with Cam, it was a heck of a match. It just shows you how far he has come and the confidence he has got.”

In the final match of the tie, France clawed one point back when Nicolas Mahut and Rinderknech overcame Joe Salisbury and Neal Skupski 6-1, 6-4. Great Britain will qualify if it beats the Czech Republic on Sunday, while France can still advance as one of the two best second-placed nations.

In the second tie of the day in Austria, Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz won the decisive doubles rubber for Germany, defeating Serbian pair Novak Djokovic and Nikola Cacic 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5).

Krawietz and Puetz rallied from a break down in the third set to clinch a 2-1 win for Germany after two hours and 13 minutes.

“The deciding doubles at the Davis Cup is always tense,” Krawietz said. “We were a break down in the third set, but we kept competing and it worked out.”

“Kevin and I know each other really well and have known each other for a few years and played together at a few tournaments and that helps tremendously,” Puetz said. “We get on really well off the court, so playing together feels natural.”

Earlier, Dominik Koepfer had given Germany a 1-0 lead in the Group F tie when he beat Filip Krajinovic 7-6(4), 6-4 in two hours and one minute.

The World No. 54 hit 34 winners to give the former champion an early advantage in its first tie of the tournament.

Djokovic then levelled the tie for Serbia, dispatching Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-4 in 74 minutes. Serbia can still qualify for the quarter-finals as one of the best second-placed nations after defeating Austria 3-0 Friday.

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Stars In Action At Champions Tennis Event

  • Posted: Nov 27, 2021

The second day of the ATP Champions Tour’s Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall has concluded, with two more days of competitive tennis still to come from some of the world’s greatest players in the iconic British venue.

Friday’s afternoon session saw Mark Philippoussis defeat Thomas Enqvist 4-3, 4-3, while David Ferrer beat Tomas Berdych 3-4, 4-2, 4-1. In the doubles match, Nicolas Almagro and Mikhail Youzhny overcame Fernando Gonzalez and Xavier Malisse 4-3, 4-3.

In the evening session, Radek Stepanek beat Malisse 4-3, 4-3, while Tommy Haas defeated Gonzalez 3-4, 4-1, 4-2. In the doubles match, Mark Philippoussis and Berdych overcame Baghdatis and Greg Rusedski 3-4, 4-1, 4-2.

Champions Tennis sees players who have held the World No. 1 ranking, reached a Grand Slam singles final or been a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team, compete in a mixture of team and individual events in both singles and doubles.

Across the four days some of the biggest legends of the game will take to the stage in front of a full house, including British star and US Open champion Emma Raducanu who will be facing Romanian and Hamburg European Open winner Elena-Gabriela Ruse. Other stars include British favourite Rusedski, fan favourite Mansour Bahrami, Chilean Gonzalez, Spaniard Ferrer, 2006 Australian Open runner up Baghdatis, and former doubles World No. 4 Stepanek.

Other players competing in the tournament include Malisse, Australian legend Philippoussis, 2010 Wimbledon finalist Berdych, former top-fiver Thomas Enqvist, former Russian number one Youzhny, German Haas, Swede and Canada Masters winner Mikael Pernfors, and Spaniard Almagro.

2021 also marks the last time the tournament is being held at the historic Royal Albert Hall, with this year’s tournament offering tennis lovers a fantastic final opportunity to watch legends of the game battle it out in the beautiful surroundings of this legendary building.

Paul McCann, VP, Tennis Events at IMG said: “For 24 years we’ve given fans the amazing opportunity to watch their favourite tennis superstars play in the iconic Royal Albert Hall, and this year has been like no other. It’s fantastic to see the players compete on the court again, and for a final time, cheered on by the roar of the packed crowd.”

Sponsors of Champions Tennis at Royal Albert Hall include: Original Penguin, Rado, Lacoste Fragrances Dunlop, Superstars, OneStream Software, Brewin Dolphin, Stella Artois, Harrogate, Vodafone, Jaguar, Nyetimber, onefinestay, Adnams, Lavazza.

Tickets are still available from £20 and can be purchased via the ATP Champions Tour website here: For more information please visit Champions Tennis on Twitter @ChampionsTennis and on Instagram @champions_tennis. This year’s Champions Tennis tournament is being live streamed on ATPChampionsTour and on Facebook at The ATP Champions Tour.

Team 1: Rusedski (Captain), Baghdatis, Haas, Stepanek
Team 2: Philippoussis (Captain), Berdych, Gonzalez, Malisse
Team 3: Enqvist (Captain), Ferrer, Youzhny, Almagro
Exho Singles: Raducanu, Ruse
Exho Doubles: Bahrami, TBC

Order of Play
Saturday 27 November
AM – Match 1 Baghdatis v Ferrer
AM – Match 2 Haas/Stepanek v Almagro/ Youzhny
AM – Match 3 Rusedski v Enqvist
PM – Match 1 Malisse v Almagro
PM – Match 2 Berdych/Philippoussis v Enqvist/Ferrer
PM – Match 3 Gonzalez v Youzhny

Sunday 28 November
Exho Singles Raducanu v Ruse
Exho Doubles Bahrami/TBC v Pernfors/TBC
Final Singles Team 1st v Team 2nd
Final Doubles Team 1st v Team 2nd
Final Singles Team 1st v Team 2nd

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