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Davis Cup Qualifiers Previews, Results and Live Streaming: Germany, Australia and Russia take commanding leads as they close in qualification for November's Finals

Leye Aduloju in News 1 Feb 2019
  • Davis Cup is live from 1-2 February
  • 24 nations are battling for 12 remaining spots in Madrid finals
  • Alexander Zverev is the highest-ranked player in action this weekend
Alexander Zverev and Hungary's Peter Nagy during the draw ceremony (Photo by ARNE DEDERT/AFP/Getty Images)

The 2019 Davis Cup qualifiers are live from 1-2 February as 24 nations battle for the 12 remaining spots in the revamped Davis Cup Finals, set to be staged in Madrid from 18-24 November.

The new-look Davis Cup has been met with plenty of controversy, but the teams must now get on with the competition, with all 18 finalists set be confirmed this weekend. The four semi-finalists from 2018; Croatia, France, USA and Spain; along with wildcards, Argentina and Great Britain have already booked their spots in November’s final, but who will join them in Madrid?

Among the innovations in the new-look Davis Cup include best-of-three-set matches instead of best-of-five, while the ties will now be played over two days instead of three. Two singles’ rubbers will be played on Friday, while the doubles’ rubber, along with the reverse singles, if necessary, will be contested on Saturday.

Australia vs Bosnia, live from Adelaide on Saturday, 2 February from 3:00pm local time/5:00am GMT; Australia lead 2-0





Results
John Millman (AUS) bt. Damir Dzumhur (B|H) 6-3 6-2
Alex De Minaur (AUS) bt. Mirza Basic (B|H) 6-3 7-6

John Millman and Alex De Minaur put Australia in a commanding position in their Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia, as the home duo recorded victories over Damir Dzumhur and Mirza Basic respectively to give the hosts a 2-0 lead in Adelaide. Millman set the ball rolling with a comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Dzumhur, while Di Minaur was made to work harder but eventually pulled off a 6-3 7-6 victory to score his first Davis Cup win in his fourth match, and double Australia's lead. The young Aussie was clutch on the big points, saving seven of eight break points, while he converted two of four opportunities on his opponent's serve. World No. 99, Basic recovered from a break down in the second set to force a tie break, but Di Minaur dominated the breaker, winning all seven points.

“It’s a dream come true,’’ said De Minaur. “I’ve had some amazing experiences on the tennis court, and this is definitely up there. There’s nothing I wanted more than to represent my country in Davis Cup and to be able to get a win for my country".  
“I’ve had a couple of tough matches and results haven’t gone my way, so I was really itching to hopefully be able to get that win, so a huge pressure has come off my chest now".

The home side will attempt to finish this tie in Saturday's doubles rubber, with John Peers and Jordan Thompson set to take on the Bosnian pair of Basic and Tomislav Brkic. Even if the Australians do not close out the tie in the doubles, captain Lleyton Hewitt will be confident that Millman and De Minaur can finish off the visitors in the reverse singles.

Australian men’s tennis hasn’t been the happiest place in recent times, with allegations and counter-allegations flying around, a lot of it surrounding Davis Cup captain, Lleyton Hewitt, but they must now put that to one side as they attempt to qualify for November’s final. There is no place for Nick Kyrgios or Bernard Tomic in a squad spearheaded by the country’s top-two players, Alex De Minaur and John Millman, while Jordan Thompson, young gun, Alexei Popyrin and doubles expert, John Peers make up the rest of the side that hosts Bosnia at the Memorial Drive Tennis Club in Adelaide. The visitors are by no means pushovers, as they have got two top-100 players in their ranks. Damir Dzumhur has been as high as No. 23 in the world, and boasts three ATP World Tour titles, while Mirza Basic has a career-high ranking of 74, and claimed his maiden tour-level title in Sofia last season. The Australians have a combined higher ranking than the Bosnians and are favourites in the first ever meeting between the two nations, but there is enough in this Bosnian outfit to make things awkward for their hosts.


Germany vs Hungary, live from Frankfurt on Saturday, 2 February from 12:00pm local time/ 11:00am GMT; Germany lead 2-0





Results
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt. Zsombor Piros (HUN) 6-7 7-5 6-4
Alexander Zverev (GER) bt. Peter Nagy (HUN) 6-2 6-2

Germany moved closer to a spot in the Davis Cup finals after taking a 2-0 lead against visiting Hungary in Frankfurt on Friday. It wasn't as straightforward as initially anticipated as world No. 32, and German No. 2, Philipp Kohlschreiber was stretched to three sets by world No. 371, Zsombor Piros in a nervy opening rubber, but the German veteran got over the line in the end, digging out a 6-7 7-5 6-4 victory after two hours and 40 minutes having trailed by a set and 3-1. World No. 3, Alexander Zverev had no such problems, as he dismissed Peter Nagy 6-2 6-2 in just an hour and 10 minutes in the day's second rubber to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. The 21-year-old German sent down 11 aces, won 28 of 33 first serve points and didn't offer up any break points in a very sharp performance. He improves to 5-4 in Davis Cup singles rubbers.

Zverev is leading a strong German team as they host Hungary at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt. The top-ten star is joined by German No. 2, Philipp Kohlschreiber, while Jan-Lennard Struff, Peter Gojowczyk and Tim Puetz make up Michael Kohlmann’s team. The Germans have won three of their five Davis Cup ties against Hungary, and are heavy favourites to extend that advantage this weekend against a Hungarian team missing its top 100 star, Marton Fucsovics. The highest-ranked player in the visitors’ line up is world No. 208, Attila Balazs. It will be a massive shock if Germany fail to progress to Madrid.


Switzerland vs Russia, live from Beil on Saturday, 2 February from 2:00pm local time/ 1:00pm GMT; Russia lead 2-0





Results
Daniil Medvedev (RUS) bt. Henri Laaksonen (SUI) 7-6 7-7 6-2
Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt. Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI) 6-3 7-5

With two top-20 players in the ranks, the Russians were always heavy favourites going into this tie in Biel, and they showed just why with Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov winning their singles matches to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Switzerland made a feast of it, particularly world No. 142, Henri Laaksonen, who saved a match point in the second set tie break against Medvedev, but Russia's world No. 16 rebounded strongly to dominate the final set of a gripping contest, putting his country in the lead with a 6-7 7-6 6-2 victory. World No. 11.

“I was not playing well here, conditions don’t suit me well so I was expecting a tough match, but I knew I had to win it, no matter what. And that’s what I did, while playing quite badly for me,” said Medvedev.

Khachanov had things relatively easier in the day's other rubber, as he defeated Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-3 7-5.

Without big guns, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland always had difficult task in their quest for the Davis Cup finals, against loaded Russian side in Biel this weekend. The Russians have serious form on their side, with Medvedev in particular, as he has been in terrific form this season, reaching the final in Brisbane and the fourth round at the Australian Open, where he lost to Novak Djokovic in four sets, while Khachanov has been slower off the blocks, but he did end last season on a high with his victory at the Paris Masters. What Switzerland do have in their favour is a better head-to-head, having won two of the three previous meetings between the sides, and a home crowd at the Swiss Tennis Arena which will be looking to put a young Russian team under pressure.

“It’s a best-of-three Davis Cup doubles, everything is possible still. It’s tough to believe, but we have to believe. If we didn’t, nothing is possible.”, Swiss captain, Severin Luthi said ahead of Saturday's matches.

Laaksonen and Huesler will team up for the doubles rubber on Saturday, as they attempt to keep the tie alive when they play Andrey Rublev and Evgeny Donskoy. Even if they lose the doubles, Russia will expect one of Khachanov or Medvedev to finish the tie in the reverse singles.

Other Davis Cup Qualifiers

Brazil vs Belgium, from Uberlandia
Tie level at 1-1 after Friday's singles' rubbers

Colombia vs Sweden, from Bogota
Colombia lead 1-0

Uzbekistan vs Serbia, from Tashkent
Serbia lead 2-0 after Friday's singles rubbers

Austria vs Chile, from Salzburg
Tie level at 1-1 after Friday's singles' rubbers

Kazakhstan vs Portugal, from Astana
Kazakhstan lead 2-0 after Friday's singles rubbers

Slovakia vs Canada, from Bratislava
Tie level at 1-1 after Friday's singles' rubbers

India vs Italy, from Kolkata
Italy lead 2-0 after Friday's singles rubbers

Czech Republic vs Netherlands, from Ostrava
Tie level at 1-1 after Friday's singles' rubbers

China vs Japan, from Guangzhou
Tie level at 1-1 after Friday's singles' rubbers

Davis Cup tennis is live from 1-2 February.

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