Tennis: Davis Cup World Group Qualifying Playoffs Results

Posted on September 24, 2007

Davis Cup World Group Qualifying Playoffs Results

Israel d. Chile 3-2
Israel gains the World Group for the first time in 14 years after Dudi Sela beats Fernando Gonzalez 4-6, 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-3 in the five-hour opening match on Sunday to clinch the tie on the outdoor hardcourt at Canada Stadium in Ramat Hasharon, Israel.

Serbia d. Australia 4-1
Lleyton Hewitt gets a singles win, but Novak Djokovic gets two, as well as a doubles victory to put Serbia in the World Group for the first time ever. Hewitt has to sit out Sunday with a viral infection while Aussie Chris Guccione takes the final fall in singles.

Austria d. Brazil 4-1
Guga plays only in doubles, losing, as Austria rolls over the talent-challenged Brazilians.
Peru d. Belarus 3-1
The Peruvians put Max "The Beast" Mirnyi and crew on clay as Luis Horna wins two in singles, including the Sunday first singles over Mirnyi to put Peru in the World Group.

Great Britain d. Croatia 4-1
Andy Murray and Tim Henman steamroll the injury-plagued/disinterested Croats in Henman's pro tennis farewell.
Czech Republic d. Switzerland 3-2
World No. 1 Roger Federer wins both singles but loses the five-set doubles, and Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka goes 0-2 in singles, including the fifth-match decider against Radek Stepanek. The Swiss drop from the World Group for the first time in 13 years.
Romania d. Japan 3-2
Andrei Pavel and Victor Hanescu win both Sunday singles to keep Romania in the elite World Group. Takao Suzuki blew a 2-0 set lead in the first singles against Pavel, while Hanescu finished off Japan's Go Soeda in four sets including two tiebreaks.
Korea d. Slovak Republic 3-2
Failing to field any players of note, the Slovak Republic is topped by Korea in Sunday's opening singles, with Korea gaining the World Group for the first time since 1987.