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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Tuesday November 22, 2022

Alex de Minaur

Alex de Minaur finished off Botic van de Zandschulp in three sets to clinch for Australia.

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Jordan Thompson and Alex de Minaur each rallied from a set down as the Aussies swept past the Netherlands to open the 2022 Davis Cup Finals in Malaga, Spain.

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The Aussies, in the hunt for their 29th Davis Cup title, and their first since 2003, will face either Spain or Croatia next.

It was a long day for both Thompson and De Minaur, but they battled through to victory - a testament to the Aussie team spirit that has been cultivated under Captain Lleyton Hewitt.

“Both could have gone either way,” Hewitt said. “High-quality tennis, especially that second match. Yeah, to play that level for three full sets, believe it or not, the last few games were probably the highest level of the match. I'm just really proud of the boys. They left it all out there. They have come, they have done all the training and the preparation that we have asked them to do. They deserve to get that result tonight.”

Thompson improved to 5-2 in Davis Cup singles play by coming back from a set down to defeat Tallon Griekspoor. De Minaur finished up by rallying past Van de Zandschulp, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

De Minaur, who has won nine of his last ten Davis Cup singles rubbers, credited Thompson for sparking the victory.

“I think it was just incredible what Jordan was able to do today,” De Minaur said. “The fight, the passion, the heart that he showed, just to dig really, really deep and get through that one was a huge inspiration.”


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