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Davis Cup: Argentina Advances to Finals
- Updated: February 6, 2024
Argentina secured their place in the Davis Cup Finals group stage after a thrilling 3-2 victory over Kazakhstan in the qualifying round. Sebastian Baez’s remarkable comeback against Dmitry Popko sealed the win for Argentina in a tense best-of-five-match encounter.
Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, and France also emerged victorious in their respective matches, advancing to the next round of the prestigious tournament.
Sebastian Baez, a 23-year-old Argentine player ranked at a career-high No. 25 in the world, displayed his resilience and skill as he battled past Dmitry Popko in a closely contested match. Despite facing two match points, Baez fought back to claim victory with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) triumph, securing Argentina’s spot in the Davis Cup Finals group stage.
In other matches, Belgium secured their place in the next round with a 3-1 victory over Croatia. Zizou Bergs’ win over Duje Ajdukovic sealed the victory for Belgium, with Bergs also claiming victory in the opening singles match against Marin Cilic.
Chile faced a tough challenge against Peru but managed to clinch a narrow 3-2 victory. Alejandro Tabilo’s comeback win against Ignacio Buse in the deciding match ensured Chile’s progression to the next round of the tournament.
Meanwhile, the Czech Republic and France cruised to comprehensive victories, eliminating Israel and Taiwan, respectively, with identical 4-0 scorelines.
The successful teams from the qualifying round will join the likes of reigning champion Italy, 2023 runner-up Australia, and wild-card entries Britain and Spain in the 16-team, four-city Finals group stage scheduled for September. The top eight teams from the group stage will advance to the quarterfinals in Malaga, Spain, in November, where the eventual champion will be crowned.
In addition to the teams that advanced through the qualifying round, seven nations secured their spots in the Davis Cup Finals in series that concluded earlier. These nations include the United States, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, and Slovakia.
Meanwhile, in the World Group I playoffs, India emerged victorious with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Pakistan. Additionally, two-time Grand Slam runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas played a key role in Greece’s 4-0 victory over Romania, securing their place in the next round of the playoffs.
The Davis Cup continues to showcase the best of international tennis, with teams from around the world competing for glory and national pride. As the tournament progresses, fans can expect more thrilling matches and memorable moments as the quest for the prestigious Davis Cup title heats up.
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By- Sahiba Suri