December 9, 2022

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Tennis, Davis Cup: Korea, Canada, Australia, Holland

The Canadians were spared in the third set of the doubles, and the Aussies had it all easy with Belgium. Holland beat Kazakhstan

Three more matches on the first day of the Davis Cup final groups, and if there were no significant surprises in the final result of the challenges (a strong victory), in Valencia Canada, given by the bookmakers among the possible surprises of the tournament, he had a very bad time against a surprising South Korea, only to be defeated in the third set of the doubles.

Surprise without surprise

After all, thanks to Quan Xunwoo, who regrouped and defeated an inexplicable Felix Auger-Aliasime, who seems to have lost his way for a while, Davies is the proof. The Korean trailed 4-1 in the first set but fought back to defeat the world number 13 7-6 6-3. Vasyl Pospisil then did his own thing, harassed against Cheong Chan Hong but defeated him in three sets to complete the doubles, the North Americans were starting to fancy, but here again the heroic Koreans put Pospisil and Auger through hell. – Aliasim won 7-5 5-7 6-3. So Canada won a group that included Spain (without Nadal) and Serbia (without Djokovic). Algaraz will be there but he won’t play in today’s first match against the Serbs.

Australia is OK

Australia had no trouble in the group stage in Hamburg, with the Aussies beating Belgium 3-0. Di Minor defeated Goffin 6-2 6-2, Kubler settled Berks in three sets, then doubles Epton and Purcell beat Gill and Willigan 6-1 6-3. Side note: The stands in Hamburg were practically empty on this first day, with talk on social media of over 300 paying spectators. With hosts Germany (even if Sasha Zverev is an orphan) and France will be fine.

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Holland of Measurement

In Group D, the Netherlands won 2-1 in their first match against the ever-dreaded Kazakhstan Davis Cup version on stage in Glasgow. Tallon Griekspoor got the better of Kukushkin in three sets, while Botic Van de Zandschulp beat Alexander Publick on a comeback. Double consolation for the Gazans. Now it’s down to Great Britain and the United States, in a group that could very closely influence Italy, and if we win our group, we’ll face the second round of Group D in the quarter-finals in November.