Australia have completed one of the most stunning comebacks to set up a clash against Great Britain in the semi-finals of the 2015 Davis Cup (by BNP Paribas) which will be played in Britain from September 18-20. The other semi-final features Argentina against hosts Belgium who had booked their places on Saturday by winning the doubles.
Here are the results on day 3 of the competition.
Great Britain 3 France 1 : World number 3 Andy Murray defeated the world no. 12 Giles Simon but not before battling back from a set and a break down in the second set in the first reverse singles on the grass courts of Queen’s Club in London. It will be their first apperance in the semi-finals for Great Britain- after 1981- as a fatigued Murray who featured on all three days of the tie sealed the win in what was the first meeting between the two nations in 23 years. The dead fifth rubber was called off.
Andy Murray d. Giles Simon 4-6, 7-6(5),6-3,6-0.
Jo Wilfred Tsonga v. James Ward – Match called off.
Australia 3 Kazakhstan 2 : The 28 times champions Australia known for their fighting spirit rallied from 0-2 down after loosing both the singles on opening day as Sam Groth and the 2002 Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt, egged on by a partisan crowd, on the grass courts at the Murrata Sports Complex thwarted the hopes of the visitors Kazakhstan. The pair first won the doubles on Saturday and Captain Wally Masur promptly replaced the Special ‘K’ of Kokkinakis and Kyrgios for the crucial reverse singles. Groth saved set points in both the second and fourth sets to beat Mikhail Kukushkin and Lleyton Hewitt in his trademark style defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov in straight sets to book a place in the semi-finals for the first time since 2006.
Sam Groth d. Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3,7-6(6),4-6,7-6(6).
Lleyton Hewitt d. Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6(2),6-2,6-3.
Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Argentina 4 Serbia 1 : Argentina have continued their remarkably consistent yet unsuccessful run in the Davis Cup as they progressed to the semi-finals for the tenth time in 14 years. The consolation win for Serbia was secured by Dusan Lajovic as he routed Diego Schwarzman while Filip Krajinovic retired midway in the second set against Carlos Berlocq in the last rubber on the clay courts of the Tecnopolis Complex.
Diego Schwartzman lost to Dusan Lajovic 1-6,4-6.
Carlos Berlocq d. Filip Krajinovic 6-1,3-0 retired.
Belgium 5 Canada 0 : Belgium took full advantage of a depleted Canadian team, as they completed a 5-0 whitewash by winning both the reverse singles rubbers on the clay courts of Sportpark Krokodiel. The hosts will play their first Davis Cup semi-final since 1999. They will host Argentina on September 18-20. Canada were without the services of world number eight Milos Raonic and Wimbledon Quarter-finalist Vasek Pospisil.
Kimmer Coppejans d. Frank Dancevic 2-6,6-2,6-3.
Steve Darcis d. Filip Peliwo 6-4,6-3.
Meanwhile the seeds have been announced for the World Group playoffs as Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, USA, Japan, Germany, Croatia and Slovakia will be drawn against the remaining eight nations for a right to play the World Group in 2016. They are Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, India, Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Uzbekistan. Only Brazil among the unseeded nations played in the World group in 2015, while Slovakia who are the eighth seed came through from Group I European Zone.
– Rasesh Mehta [Rasesh Mehta is an analyst with the Tennis Galaxy.You can reach him at the email: email@example.com]