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Tennis: Australia's Davis Cup Finals draw

Australia went all the way to the Davis Cup final last year before being denied ultimate glory by Canada, but they have another opportunity to go one better in 2023.

The Aussies last lifted the trophy back in 2003, meaning that there has been a two-decade wait to add to the 28 titles won to date.

Now there is a chance to add to that roll of honour, with Australia having reached the Finals, where eight teams will battle it out in Malaga, Spain to be crowned champions.

Australia are joined by holders Canada, Finland, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia and Great Britain in the final elite section and they face a tough draw in the quarter-finals.

WhatDavis Cup Finals
WhereMalaga, Spain.
WhenTuesday 21st - Sunday 26th November, 2023
How to watchNine

Czechs pose a big challenge

Australia will take on the Czech Republic in the last eight of the Davis Cup, with the Europeans having won the tournament on three previous occasions, in 1980, 2012 and 2013.

And the Czechs have to be taken very seriously, despite their singles players Jiri Lehecka and Tomas Machac being ranked at 30 and 119 respectively.

Aided by Jakub Mensik and Adam Pavlasek, the Czechs not only secured a 100 per cent record in the final group stage, but also won all nine of the matches they played against Spain, South Korea and Serbia in Group C.

Lehecka was particularly impressive as he saw off Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, Kwon Soon-woo and Laslo Djere in straight sets in his three singles rubbers.

Australia were made to work harder for their Finals spot, with a 2-1 loss to GB in their opener in Group B leaving them having to see off both France and Switzerland to progress.

Max Purcell then lost the opening singles rubber against France to Adrian Mannarino, but later teamed up with Matthew Ebden to claim a matchwinning doubles victory as the French were edged out 2-1.

The match against the Swiss was a much more straightforward affair, as the Aussies triumphed 3-0 to keep their hopes of a return to the Davis Cup final alive.

Canada repeat could be on the cards

Should Australia get past the Czech Republic, the winner of the tie between holders Canada and Finland will be waiting in the semi-finals.

Finland were the surprise package of the final group stage, defeating both the United States and Croatia to progress from Group D alongside the Netherlands.

Fifty-seventh-ranked Otto Virtanen won all of his singles rubbers, while Emil Ruusuvuori - 126 in the world - claimed victories in two out of three.

Meanwhile, Canada made light of the absences of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov to sweep both Sweden and Italy 3-0 on the way to topping Group A ahead of the Italians.

Twelve months ago Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime saw off Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex de Minaur respectively in straight sets to win the trophy for Canada for the first time in their history and the Aussies would relish a chance to avenge that defeat.

Djokovic may be back for 2010 repeat

Novak Djokovic did not feature in the final group stage for Sebia, but may be tempted back for the Finals, having helped his country to their only Davis Cup success to date back in 2010.

Serbia have been draw to face Great Britain in the quarter-finals, with the winner of that tie going on to take on either Italy or the Netherlands in the last four.

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