The Netherlands also won their third group match against the USA in the Davis Cup final on Saturday. Talon Kronpoor and Botik van de Sandschulp were stronger in their matches than Tommy Ball and Taylor Fritz respectively, giving the Orange team the victory.
The Netherlands already secured a place in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over Great Britain. With that victory, the US team is also guaranteed a place in the last 8. A group final in Glasgow will decide the winner.
Van de Santsulp won in straight sets against world number 12 Fritz 6-4, 7-6 (3). In the second set, Dutchman Fritz broke but the American fought back in the match.
A tiebreak had to be decided. With a lob on the line, van de Santsulp had four match points. The second finished it.
The Talon Greek track was too strong for Tommy Paul.
Double closing no longer matters
Greece’s track record was 7-5 and 7-6 (3) in the evening against world number 29 Paul. He broke his opponent in the eleventh game of the first set. After that, the world number 48 Greek track immediately managed to take the set. The second set ended in a tiebreak. In this, the Greek track was run out 6-1. On his third match point, he served with an ace.
With two wins, the final doubles match between Wesley Koolhoff/Matvey Middelkoop and Rajeev Ram/Jack Sack no longer mattered.
The knockout stage of the Davis Cup finals will be held in Malaga from November 22 to 27. The Orange will face either Australia or Germany in the quarter-finals.
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