Australia defeat Korea 3-0 in Davis Cup
Saturday April 7, 2012
Australia has clinched a World Group playoff spot after taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie against Korea in Brisbane today.
After a dominating start by the Koreans taking the first set 6-4, Aussie doubles pair Marinko Matosevic and Chris Guccione took awhile to get their momentum but fought back comfortably to take the match 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-2.
An experienced doubles player, Guccione led the pair by staying strong under Korean pressure in the last set –“I want to thank Gooch for carrying me on his big shoulders today,” Matosevic said after he won his first ever Davis Cup match.
Australian captain Patrick Rafter was very happy with the result. “I’m enjoying the moment, I’m really enjoying this. I think it had a lot to do with Marinko having a win,” he said.
Australia will now advance to the September playoffs for a chance to enter the 16-nation 2013 World Group. The draw for this will be held on Wednesday April 14 and Australia’s only chance at another home tie will be if they draw Italy or Canada.
Australia’s line up for tomorrow’s two dead reverse singles matches is still to be confirmed.
Following today’s result, both reverse singles matches will now be best-of-three sets.
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