Australia qualified this Tuesday for the semifinals of the Davis Cup, in the final eight that takes place in Malagaby defeating 2-0 to Netherlands in the first quarterfinal matchup.
The yellow team took the lead thanks to jordan thompson, who prevailed by 4-6, 7-5 and 6-3 to Tallon Griekspoor, and sealed the victory with the 5-7, 6-3 and 6-4 that Alex de Minaur endorsed Apothecary Van de Zandschulp.
The stands turned to De Miñaur
Van de Zandschulp (35 on the ATP), the main person responsible for the orange team qualifying for the Malaga finals with his impeccable performance in the group stage -including a two-set victory over the American Taylor Fritz-, started from the same way, very confident in his chances against a De Miñaur (24) who he did not concede a single breaking ball in the first moto.
But the best of the Australian’s game, that stiletto tennis that he fails to display as much as he would like, came to light in the second set, in which an initial break allowed him to row downstream. With another ‘break’ he closed the set.
With the majority of Dutch fans in the stands, the local public took part for De Minaur, son of a Uruguayan and Spanish and who received shouts of support in perfect Spanish, ‘come on, Alex’, ‘come on, Alex’. From his bench, the captain Lleyton Hewitt He was a constant support.
Van de Zandschulp lured into the net and easily outplayed the Australian on several occasions, but De Minaur was not intimidated. The battle lasted until 4-4with the Dutchman overturned on the ball and masterful in the parallels but unable to convert his ‘break’ points.
De Minaur -not an ‘ace’ in the whole game- he had to beat the rest. Although his rival collaborated selflessly, with a double fault and a couple of errors that sentenced the tie.
The Australian thus extended a splendid streak in Davis, with win in nine of their last ten games.
Thompson, from less to more against Griekspoor
Before, in the clash that opened the track, jordan thompson went from less to more before Tallon Griekspoor, exhausted at the end after dominating the initial set and emptying himself in the vain attempt not to lose the second.
The two players exchanged breaks to begin with, but in the early stages Griekspoor was perceived as more willing to attack, ready to take a walk deep right hand that gave him a lot of revenue.
The Dutchman broke to white for 3-2, benefited from the ups and downs with the serve of Thompson, 84 of the ATP and whom he had never faced. The initial set fell to the side of the European after 43 minutes.
With 3-3 in the second set, the closest game was played up to then, with seven tie and lead situations before Thompson managed to hold on to his serve.
The clash entered its closest phase, because the Australian found his serve – he finished the clash with 16 direct points– and Griekspoor found it increasingly difficult to keep his. At 6-5 and rest, Thompson made good on his last chance to avoid the tiebreaker game and guaranteed himself the third set.
In it, the balance held until 3-2, when the Sydney player achieved the break that would be final. He was physically fresher than his opposite, which he lost in precision and won in errors. The right hands that previously licked the lines began to fall into wasteland. Fighter until the last moment, his last serve was blank before handing Australia the first point.
“Probably the best environment I’ve ever played in”said Griekspoor after his defeat, after continuously receiving the support of hundreds of orange fans, an audience of ten who also encouraged their rivals when they deserved it.
The doubles was not necessary
Australia’s 2-0 victory prevented one of the most attractive doubles matches that can take place today, the one that was going to measure the Australians matthew ebden Y Max Purcellreigning Wimbledon champions, and the Dutch wesley koolhoff Y Matwe Middelkoopthe first current number one in the world.
The Netherlands was the only team in these finals, along with Canadawho has never won one Salad bowl.
Australia’s rival in the semi-finals will come out of Wednesday’s cross between Spain and Croatia.