Thompson leads Australia to Davis Cup victory
Undefeated debutant Jordan Thompson led Australia to an emphatic 4-1 victory over Czech Republic in the Davis Cup World Group first round tie at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne.
Czech Republic’s No.1 player Jiri Vesely overcame Sam Groth 3-6 7-5 6-3 in the fourth rubber, before Thompson maintained his 100 per cent record by defeating Czech debutant and world No.157 Jan Satral 7-6(5) 6-2.
The tie began on Friday with commanding performances from Thompson and Nick Kyrgios.
Thompson got the host nation off to a flying start by beating world No.54 Vesely 6-3 6-3 6-4. World No.15 Kyrgios then defeated Satral in the second singles rubber, winning 6-2 6-3 6-2 to put Australia in charge of the tie.
On Saturday, Australia advanced to the quarter-finals after Sam Groth and John Peers defeated Czech Republic’s Jiri Vesely and Jan Satral in the doubles rubber.
Groth and Peers won in straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-2 to give Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Australia will now host the United States on hardcourt from April 7 to 9 for a place in the semi-finals after the Americans raced to a 3-0 lead over Switzerland in Birmingham, Alabama, overnight.
The tie will mark Australia’s second quarter-final appearance in three years, with the venue to be announced in due course.
News Source: Tennis Australia