Botic van de Zandschulp and Tallon Griekspoor scored the Netherlands’ one-on-one wins over the United States on Saturday and secured first place in Group D for the Dutch team with a perfect 3-0 record.
Van de Zandschulp, competing in Glasgow, achieved his third singles win in as many ties with a 6-4, 7-6(3) result against world no. 13 TaylorFritz. The Dutchman broke in the ninth game of the opening set before serving and breaking for the second set. Fritz would equalize in the second, but his comeback bid ended in the tie-breaker.
“We had a great week together,” said Van de Zandschulp after the game. “Not everyone expected us to be number 1 but we played great tennis. I played at a really good level this week. I’ve been struggling to find my level for the past few months and I think it’s coming back.”
The 26-year-old’s victory decided the tie for the Netherlands after Griekspoor won 7-5, 7-6 (3). Thomas Paul opened the Saturday game. Griekspoor recorded two singles wins in three games in Group D. Rajeev Ram and jack sock launched Team USA with a 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 win over Team USA Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop.
Despite the loss, the United States advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 record, good enough for second place in the group.
Coric, Gojo keep Croatian hopes alive with win over Argentina
Borna Korik and Borna Gojo scored singles wins against Argentina on Saturday to end Croatia’s record 2-1, with another draw in Group A on Sunday. After Gojo falls to the ground Sebastian Bass 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, Cincinnati Champion Coric scored a 6-4, 7-6(6) win over him Francisco Cerundolo to achieve victory.
Croatia are now 2-1 and 5-4 in second place in Group A. If Sweden (currently 1-1, with a 3-3 record) defeat group leaders Italy (2-0, 5th August) on Sunday :1) would result in a three-way draw at the top of the group, forcing tie-break scenarios to determine which two teams advance to the quarterfinals.
Canada prevails despite defeat against Serbia
A day after defeating world number 1 Carlo Alcaraz if Team Canada wins against Spain, Felix Auger-Aliassime secured his nation’s entry into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win Miomir Kecmanovic.
Both Canada and Serbia finish Group B 2-1, but Canada’s superior 5-4 record ensures a top two finish in Valencia. A Spain win against South Korea on Sunday would see the hosts top the group and knock Serbia out of the finals. Spain would be eliminated with a defeat.
France leads Belgium in consolation victory
In a crucial double gum, Nicholas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech Belgium defeated Sander Gilles and Joran Vliegen6-3, 7-6(6) to give France their first win in a duel after narrow defeats to Germany and Australia. Richard Gasquet France earned a single point with a 6-3, 6-3 win over France Michael Geertsbefore David Gofin put Belgium on the board with a 6:3, 5:7, 6:3 decision Benjamin Bonzi.
The result sees France third in Group C, while unbeaten nations Australia and Germany will battle it out for the top spot on Sunday. Both Australia and Germany have already reached the quarterfinals.
What is the format for the 2022 Davis Cup Finals?
The group stage of the Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals 2022 will take place from September 13th to 18th in four cities – Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia. The 16 nations compete in four round-robin groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the KO round. The knockout stages will take place in Malaga from November 22nd to 27th.