US, Switzerland Advance to Davis Cup: The United States made it to the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals with a 4-0 sweep of Uzbekistan while Switzerland edged past Germany, 3-2, thanks to the heroics of three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka on Saturday. Switzerland and the US were among the 12 winners of the qualifiers held over the weekend and will join defending champions Canada, 2022 runners-up Australia and wildcards Italy and Spain in the group stages set in September. The Davis Cup Finals was reduced to best-of-three sets per match to speed up the games and make it more exciting for sports oddsmakers who are tuned in to tennis competitions, especially when their countries are taking part in this prestigious team tournament.
US, Switzerland Advance to Davis Cup: US Sweep Uzbekistan, Switzerland, France Escape
Team USA demolished Uzbekistan, 4-0, after the doubles team of Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek defeated Sergey Fomin and Sanjar Fayziev, 6-2 6-4. The win by the Ram-Krajicek duo followed up the men’s singles victories by Tommy Paul, Denis Kudla and Mackenzie McDonald in Tashkent. The victory moved them to the group stages along with 15 others. Meanwhile, Wawrinka helped Switzerland edge Germany, 3-2. The three-time Grand Slam winner defeated Daniel Altmaier, 6-3 5-7 6-4, to secure the clincher for the Swiss squad. Wawrinka lost in the singles and doubles earlier but got his third chance after Marc-Andrea Huesler surprised Alexander Zverev, 6-2 7-6(4). In other matches, France edged Hungary, 3-2, after Ugo Humbert completed the come-from-behind victory over Fabian Marozsan, 6-3 6-3. Adrian Mannarino forced the decider by defeating 7-6(8-6) 6-2. Serbia, who played without World No1 Novak Djokovic, swept past Norway. Filip Krajinovic and Nikola Cacic outclassed Viktor Durasovic and Herman Hoeyeraal, 6-4 3-6 6-3, and Hamad Medjedovic completed the sweep as he defeated Durasovic, 6-4 6-7 10-4. Great Britain and Sweden also advanced as they outpointed Colombia and Bosnia, respectively.
Croatia, Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic Up
Croatia, Netherlands, Belgium and Czech Republic close in to the next round when they surge to a 2-0 lead against their opponents. In Rijeka, Borna Gojo and Borna Coric outclassed Dominic Thiem and Dennis Novak, respectively, to hand the No1 seeds a commanding lead. The Czech Republic went ahead 2-0 Netherlands moved up 2-0 against Slovakia while Belgium is up 2-0 against South Korea. In other ties, Argentina and Finland are 1-1, as are Kazakhstan and Chile. In Espoo, Francisco Cerundolo outlasted Otto Virtanen, 6-3 3-6 7-6(3), to even the match. Emil Ruusuvuori got Finland ahead with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Pedro Cachin. In La Serena, Chile, Timofei Skatov surprised Cristian Garin, 6-1 6-3, to put Kazakhstan ahead. Nicolas Jarry tied the clash after winning over Alexander Bublik, 6-2 6-2. The winners will secure places and join Canada, Australia, Italy and Spain in the group stages in September. The winners of the team ties will go through the final stages in Malaga, Spain, in November. Online Davis Cup betting sites will be hot in the coming months and the top team competition in tennis will be ready for the moneyline and the favorites.