Australia Advances to Davis Cup Final Led by Alex de Minaur’s Dominance

Alex de Minaur powers Australia into Davis Cup final, setting the stage for a thrilling showdown after an inspiring semifinal victory.

Australia secured their spot in the Davis Cup final for the second year in a row, propelled by Alex de Minaur’s commanding display against Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori.

De Minaur capitalized on 18 break point opportunities during his 6-4, 6-3 victory, converting five crucial times and impressively winning 48% of his first-serve return points. His win marked his fourth consecutive singles victory in the Davis Cup Finals.

Teammate Alexei Popyrin contributed significantly with a 7-6(5), 6-2 triumph over Otto Virtanen, labeling it as “probably the biggest win of my career” and expressing immense pride in the match’s significance for the team.

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In the impending final on Sunday, Australia awaits the winner of the clash between Serbia and Italy, featuring a potential rematch between Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner, reminiscent of their Nitto ATP Finals encounter.

Australia faced a tough challenge earlier in the week against the Czech Republic. However, an exceptional turnaround ensued as de Minaur staged a remarkable comeback from a 3-5 deficit in the second set against Jiri Lehecka, winning 10 consecutive points to alter the course of the match. Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell then secured the decisive doubles rubber.

Seeking redemption for their defeat to Canada in the previous year’s final, Australia aims to add to their impressive Davis Cup history, having a record of 28-20 in finals, trailing only behind the United States (32-29). Their last victory dates back to 2003, where they triumphed over Spain at Melbourne Park, led by Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis, Wayne Arthurs, and Todd Woodbridge.

-IANS

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