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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Saturday March 5, 2022

 
Alexander Bublik

Alexander Bublik clinched victory for Kazakhstan with a momentous victory over Casper Ruud.

Davis Cup has long been considered one of the best platforms for young players to gain invaluable experience, and that sentiment rang true this weekend across the globe as 12 teams qualified for this year’s finals.

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Alexander Bublik, Kazakhstan’s No.1, was one of the players who shone brightly, as he earned his first career victory over eighth-ranked Casper Ruud to clinch victory for his side. Kazakhstan, quarterfinalists last year at Davis Cup, always field a strong team, and this year is no different.

With Bublik blossoming into a bona fide force on tour - he won his first ATP title in February in Montpellier and is ranked two spots shy of his career-high at 32 - the Kazakh team could be in position to make another push for the title this year.

Bublik defeated Ruud 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 to improve to 7-2 lifetime in Davis Cup singles matches - he also snapped Ruud’s 10-match Davis Cup singles winning streak.

Musetti Clinches for Italy; Bergs for Belgium

Decisive fifth rubbers occurred four times this weekend, with Belgium (d. Finland), Italy (d. Slovakia), Australia (d. Hungary) and Sweden (d. Japan) prevailing.

Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti came up big in his Davis Cup singles debut, 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-4, the 19-year-old rallying to clinch a massive triumph for Italy in Bratislava.

In Espoo Finland, Zizou Bergs picked the right time to earn his first Davis Cup victory, 6-4, 6-0 over Otto Virtanen to send Belgium to a 3-2 win.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In Sydney, Thanasi Kokkinakis continued his fine progress in 2022 by locking down Australia’s victory over Hungary. After Alex de Minaur defeated Marton Fucsovics to level the teams at 2-all, Kokkinakis battled past Zsombor Piros, 6-4, 6-4 to clinch.

Sweden’s Elias Ymer played hero for Sweden, toppling Yosuke Watanuki, 6-3, 6-3 to send the Swedes to the finals in Helsingborg. Ymer went 2-0 in singles for his team.

Team USA Gains Revenge on Colombia

Jack Sock and Rajeev Ram finished off Team USA’s sweep of Colombia with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Juan Sebastian Cabal and Nicolas Barrientos. USA lost to Colombia at the group stages of the Davis Cup finals last December.


The Rest of the Results

Here are the other results from this weekend’s Davis Cup qualifier ties:

France d. Ecuador, 4-0
Belgium d. Finland, 3-2
Netherlands d. Canada, 4-0 Italy d. Slovakia, 3-2
Kazakhstan d. Norway, 3-1
Argentina d. Czech Republic, 4-0 Spain d. Romania 3-1
Germany d. Brazil, 3-1
Sweden d. Japan, 3-2
Australia d. Hungary are tied at 3-2
South Korea d. Austria, 3-1

 

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