World #1 Carlo Alcaraz ensured Spain advanced to the knockout stages of the Davis Cup Finals on Sunday when he defeated Soonwoo Kwon 6-4, 7-6(1) to give the former champions a 2-0 lead over South Korea in Valencia.
The 19-year-old, who won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open lost to Canadian last week Felix Auger-Aliassime on Friday. However, Alcaraz saved all three break points he faced against Kwon to hit back after an hour and 49 minutes.
Germany keeps a perfect record
Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz delivered again and secured Germany first place in Group C with a perfect 3-0 record. Krawietz and Pütz won after winning their previous two doubles rubbers Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell 6-4, 6-4 in Germany’s 2-1 win over Australia.
Germany is tied in the first game Jan Lennard Struff defeated Purcell 6-1, 7-5 in front of Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis defeated Oscar Otte 7-6(6), 6-1. The result means that Germany qualifies for first place and Australia for second place.
Italy defeats Sweden
Italy edged Sweden 2-1 to finish Group A on top in Bologna. Matteo Berretini defeated Elias Ymer 6: 4, 6: 4 brought the Italians a 1:0 lead Michael Ymer fought past Jannik sinner 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to keep Sweden’s chances of qualifying alive.
However, Fabio Fognini and Simon Bolelli ended those hopes and conquered Andre Goransson and Dragos Nicolae Madaras 7-6(1), 6-2 in the deciding doubles. Italy finished the group in first place with a 3-0 record. Sweden misses qualification and finishes third.
In the clash’s deciding game, Salisbury and Skupski saved all four break points and fired nine aces to give the former champions a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan in a tie between two already-eliminated teams. In the first game Andy Murray passed Dmitry Popko 6-4, 6-3. Alexander Bulik then down Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-3 to equalize.
The Netherlands and the USA had already qualified for Group D in Glasgow on Saturday.
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.