(Reuters) – Former winners Germany, Australia and Serbia made solid starts on Friday in their quest to qualify for November’s Davis Cup finals week in Madrid.
Germany took a 2-0 lead over Hungary with ATP Finals winner Alexander Zverev, the only current top 10 player in action this weekend, beating Peter Nagy 6-2 6-2 after Philipp Kohlschreiber had given them the lead in Frankfurt.
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World number 32 Kohlschreiber earlier rallied past Zsombor Piros 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4.
Australia eased ahead of Bosnia 2-0 as John Millman thumped Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-2 while Alex de Minaur overcame Mirza Basic 6-3 7-6(0), before Millman revealed the team’s larger goal under captain Lleyton Hewitt.
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“It’s not rocket science: We want to be part of a team that Australians can be proud of and get behind and support… That’s our objective,” Millman said.
Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic put Serbia, who were missing Novak Djokovic, in complete control against Uzbekistan as they breezed past Sanjar Fayziev and Denis Istomin in straight sets.
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Facing a Switzerland team without 20-times Grand Slam winner Roger Federer and the experienced Stan Wawrinka, a potent young Russian team surged to a 2-0 lead in Biel.
Daniil Medvedev fended off Henri Laaksonen 7-6(8) 6-7(6) 6-2 before fellow 22-year-old Karen Khachanov swatted aside Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-3 7-5.
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