Davis Cup: Australia beat Slovakia to win World Group playoff

Australia dominated the fourth-set tiebreaker, winning the first five points after Slovakia saved a match-point in the 12th game of the third set.

By: AP | Sydney | Published:September 17, 2016 1:09 pm
australia davis cup, slovakia davis cup, davis cup ties, davis cup doubles, davus cup news, tennis news, sports news Australia’s Sam Groth (R) and playing partner John Peers celebrate after they won their Davis Cup doubles tennis match against Slovakia’s Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay in Sydney. Reuters. 

Doubles pair Sam Groth and John Peers beat Slovakia’s Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) on Saturday to clinch Australia’s Davis Cup World Group playoff 3-0.

Slovakia saved a match point in the 12th game of the third set before winning the tiebreaker. But Australia dominated the fourth-set tiebreaker, winning the first five points.

The win with new captain Lleyton Hewitt in charge ensured Australia, a first-round loser to the United States in February, will remain in the elite group of 16 countries for 2017.

On Friday, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic had straight-set singles victories on the grass court at Sydney Olympic Park. Kyrgios opened with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Martin and Tomic beat Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (5) 6-4, 6-4.