Alex de Minaur fired Australia into the semi-finals at the Davis Cup Finals Tuesday when he overcame Botic van de Zandschulp 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 to move the former champion into an unassailable 2-0 lead against the Netherlands in Malaga.
The World No. 24 showed his fighting spirit in his comeback victory, saving all five break points he faced in the second and third sets to triumph after two hours and 40 minutes.
“We’ve got a great team, a lot of belief and a lot of passion,” De Minaur said according to daviscup.com. “I’m very happy to win today. Every single one of these players on our team is going to play their heart out. We’ll do everything we can for our country.”
In the first match of the tie, Jordan Thompson defeated Tallon Griekspoor 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and 55 minutes to give Australia the lead. The 28-year-old fired 16 aces and broke serve three times.
Australia last lifted the Davis Cup Finals trophy in 2003. The nation will face Croatia or Spain in the semi-finals on Friday.
What is the format for the 2022 Davis Cup Finals?
The group stage of the 2022 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals took place across four cities — Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia — from 13-18 September. Sixteen nations competed in four round-robin groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group advanced to the knock-out stage. The knock-out stage is taking place in Malaga this week, with the final on Sunday.