EDavis Cup and Fed Cup qualifiers is just a rare opportunity now again to see players in home and away ties. Especially in the Davis Cup qualifiers this weekend there was an element of top players missing but it was about those who at the different levels of Fed Cup and Davis Cup qualifiers that made the headlines!
Davis Cup Play-Offs
A place in Madrid was at stake, some of last years countries failed to re-qualify for the finals in November but there were some valiant efforts by those who made it and impressed across all levels of Davis Cup.
Marton Fucsovics – Hungary
Hungary will debut at the Davis Cup finals following a big effort from Hungary and Marton Fucsovics.
The 28 year old was winless in three on the ATP tour having match the headlines at the Australian Open with wins over Jannik Sinner and Denis Shapovalov.
Marton won 6-2 5-7 6-4 v Kimmer Coppejans and in the fifth and final tie came from a set down to win 6-7 6-4 6-2 against Ruben Bemelans to send the 2015 finalists Belgium home!
Daniel Elahi Galan – Colombia
Colombia were in Madrid last year and faced a big fight this year.
Double world number one Cabal and Farah did their bit winning the doubles 6-3 6-7 7-5 but it was 23 year old Daniel Elahi Galan who stole the headlines for the hosts!
Daniel is ranked at 148 in the world and came up big to beat top two Argentine players Leonardo Mayer 6-1 6-4 and Juan Ignacio Londero 6-7 6-3 6-2 to send Colombia back to the Davis Cup Finals!
For Argentina no place in Madrid this year!
John Millman – Australia
With Kyrgios and de Minaur withdrawing with injuries it did leave a tougher task for Australia against Brazil.
Brazil had the inform Seyboth Wild and Monteiro in their team and bot put up a stellar fight against John Millman who produced some stunning tennis in Adelaide.
The Aussie won 4-6 7-6 6-2 against Seyboth Wild and 6-7 7-6 7-6 against Thiago Monteiro which ended up being the deciding tie to send Australia to the finals in November.
Jan-Lennard Struff – Germany
It was a big weekend for Germany once again who will head to Madrid.
The inform Jan-Lennard Struff led the line for the hosts and was super strong either side of a doubles win by top team Krawietz and Mies. Struff won 6-4 6-4 and 6-3 6-2 to seal Germany’s place again in 2020.
Alexander Bublik – Kazakhstan
Mr Bublik may have said not long ago he is only in tennis for the money and doesn’t have much love for the game but in an event where there is no prize money the young man sealed his countries place in Madrid.
Bublik defeated Griekspoor and Haase without a set up and a tie-break dropped winning 7-6 7-6 and 7-6 6-1.
Jiri Vesely – Czech Republic
Jiri had to dig deep in the fourth tie against Andrej Martin who looked like sending the tie to a fifth and decisive rubber but the 26 year old got the job done.
Jiri won his first match 6-3 7-5 and in the second match came from a set and a break down to defeat Andrej Martin 4-6 7-5 7-5 in a close encounter!
Dennis Novak – Austria
Marach and Melzer got the job done from a set down in the doubles but either side of that Dennis Novak who is having a very good year and climbing the rankings defeated some awkward Uruguayans, Martin Cuevas and Pablo Cuevas.
Against Martin it was straight sets but like the doubles team they had to fight from a set down to send Austria to the Davis Cup finals winning 2-6 6-3 6-4.
It is understood that Dominic Thiem is set to play as well in November.
There isn’t one player to chose from as the whole Ecuador team upset the odds to see off Japan.
Emilio won 7-5 7-6 against Go Soeda, Roberto won 7-6 2-6 7-6 against Uchiyama and in the doubles Escobar and Hidalgo won 7-6 6-3 against McLachlan and Uchiyama to send Ecuador to the Davis Cup Finals!
Mikael Ymer – Sweden
Sweden will also debut in Madrid in November.
It was another big effort and it was the NextGen star who has picked up some big wins this year that helped massively get it over the line for the hosts.
21 year old Mikael Ymer won both of his matches 6-2 6-3 against Barrios Vera and 3-6 7-5 6-3 against Tabilo with Eriksson and the experienced Robert Lindstedt winning in the doubles.
Davis Cup World Group I Play-Off
Peru 3-1 Switzerland
Tough time for Switzerland with no Roger or Stan and are dropping out of the Group I play-off with an inspired win by Peru.
World number 135 Juan Pablo Varillas got the ball rolling for the hosts and ended proceedings with wins over Ehrat and Laaksonen despite a win for the latter against Nicolas Alvarez.
Davis Cup World Group II Play-Off
Greece 4-1 Philippines
It was the show of the Tsitsipas’.
Stefanos was the highest ranked player playing in Group II this weekend and won both of his singles matches as did his younger brother Petros without dropping a set but Petros and Kalovelonis lost in the doubles.
Denmark 5-0 Puerto Rico
It was a tie to keep an eye on in Denmark this weekend as the hosts welcomed Puerto Rico across the Atlantic.
The experienced Frederik Nielsen was effective in his singles and doubles win but there was also a lot to shout about from teenager Holger Rune!
The 16 year old came from a set down in his first match of the tie to win in three sets and in the final rubber to complete the clean sweep the teenager who trains at the Mouratoglou Academy won 6-1 7-6 to clinch a very good weekend of tennis for the Danes.
Quite incredibly Rune made his Davis Cup debut at the age of 14 winning his first match 6-2 7-6 in 2018 in an only win in a 1-3 defeat to Egypt.
Fed Cup Group I
A big weekend of Fed Cup tennis in Dubai where two of the six teams would qualify for the play-offs in April.
India qualify for the first time!
China topped the group winning all five of their ties but it was India who created history.
India begun with a 0-3 loss to China but quickly turned it around playing in five consecutive days and winning 9 of the 15 rubbers they played to finish second in the group.
India welcomed back former doubles number one Sania Mirza who became a mother last year and has since returned to the tour. Sania won all three of her doubles matches for India and in the singles Ankita Raina & Rutuja Bhosale starred in the singles as they qualified for the play-offs for the first time.
Chinese Taipei finish 5th but with plenty of positives
The side from Chinese Taipei will have to play in World Group II next year but there were plenty of positives. All four of their players won a match over the week but the singles players impressed despite mixed results.
En Shuo Liang won two of her five singles matches and 15 year old Ya Yi Yang won just one of her five matches but put up a very good fight and it looks like a positive future for the team!