MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia split Sunday's concluding reverse singles matches with the Czech Republic to complete a comfortable 4-1 win in their Davis Cup first round tie that set up a compelling quarter-final meeting with the United States.
Australian debutant Jordan Thompson beat Jan Satral 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 before Jiri Vesely gained a consolation win for the visitors when he defeated Sam Groth 3-6 7-5 6-3 at the Kooyong tennis club in suburban Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sam Groth and John Peers clinched Australia's Davis Cup World Group first-round match against the Czech Republic on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 doubles win over Jiri Veseley and Jan Satral.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson gave Australia a 2-0 lead after singles victories Friday over their Czech Republic opponents in a Davis Cup World Group first-round match.
The 22-year-old Thompson made his Davis Cup debut by defeating Czech No. 1 Jiri Veseley 6-3, 6-3, 6-4, finishing the match with an ace. Thompson was called into the team when Australia's No. 2-ranked player, Bernard Tomic, made himself unavailable for selection.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jordan Thompson will make his Davis Cup singles debut for Australia against Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely in Friday's World Group opener on hard courts at Kooyong.
Following Thursday's draw, Australian No. 1 Nick Kyrgios will play Jan Satral in the other opening singles match.
Bernard Tomic made himself unavailable. Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt earlier said Tomic's decision was disappointing, "but I'm not going to ... beg guys to play for their country."
PRAGUE (AP) — Weakened by the absence of three players, the Czech Republic is set to face Australia in the first round of Davis Cup with two rookies.
The Czechs will miss No. 10-ranked Tomas Berdych, who announced this month he wouldn't be available because he wanted to focus on the ATP tour.
Czech Republic captain Jaroslav Navratil will also miss Lukas Rosol and Adam Pavlasek for the Feb. 3-5 series on an outdoor hard court at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne.