Renew: 09/19/2023 15:43
Issued by: 09/19/2023, 12:40
London – The Czech tennis player will face Australia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in November. Today’s draw decides that. Captain Jaroslav Navrátil’s team won Group C in Valencia last week, the Australian team finished second in Group B in Manchester behind hosts Great Britain. The final tournament will be played from 21 to 26 November in Málaga.
Australia retained its participation in the Davis Cup final, after losing to Canada in last year’s final. The team’s number one player is the twelfth ranked player in the world, Álex de Minaur. Of the nine matches, the Czech representatives only succeeded once, namely in 1975 in Prague. They last met Australia in the first round of the World Group six years ago and lost 1:4 in Melbourne, Jiří Veselý scoring the only point of the match.
“I don’t think it matters who we play. When the teams are in the quarterfinals, they are evenly matched. So it doesn’t matter if we play against the Netherlands, Australia or Finland,” Navrátil said in a recording for the media.
“Australia are as good a team as we are. They have very good support in De Minaur, another very good player (Thanasi) Kokkinakis and a very good doubles game. They are interesting opponents. Now there will be two months off and We have time to rest.” to prepare well, how can we go to Valencia. I hope the kids are healthy and we look forward to the quarterfinals,” added Navrátil.
The Czech team advanced to the elimination phase for the first time in the new model Davis Cup. He made it into this year’s group from February qualifying, where he won 3:1 in Portugal. In Valencia, 30th-ranked Jiří Lehečka, Tomáš Macháč, 18-year-old Jakub Menšík and doubles specialist Adam Pavlásek won all nine matches, after successively beating Spain, South Korea and Serbia 3-0.
The quarter-final draw could have been awarded to the Czech team by Australia or Finland, who finished second in Group D in the Split and made it to the Davis Cup last eight for the first time in history. Finland surprisingly left behind the Americans and the host team, Croatia, and they will face champions Canada to advance to the semifinals. The other pairs in Malaga are Italy and the Netherlands and England and Serbia.
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