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Davis Cup review: How Australia fared in Group B

Finishing with a 3-0 win over rock-bottom Switzerland, Australia enjoyed a strong end to their Davis Cup Group B schedule.

With Great Britain winning all of their three clashes, Australia’s two wins from three outings means they finish in second place at the AO Arena in Manchester.

That means knockout Davis Cup action once again awaits Australia.

Disappointing start in Manchester

It was always going to be a tricky start against Great Britain in the opening game of Group B, with a partizan home crowd watching in anticipation.

Australia were hoping to spoil the party in Manchester but eventually went down to a 2-1 defeat against the hosts.

Davis Cup debutant Jack Draper and the more experienced Dan Evans won their singles games against Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex de Minaur respectively.

Kokkinakis admitted after his match that the occasion did get to him somewhat but he was to respond down the line.

"I let my nerves get to me," said Kokkinakis. "He (Draper) didn't do anything crazy on those points, serving out I was a little overanxious and a bit passive.

"Credit to him, he made me play - but I didn't win it."

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell did manage to get a point on the board for Australia, thanks to their 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 doubles victory over Evans and Neal Skupski.

Response impressive against the French

Australia needed a response and they got just that with a 2-1 victory over France the following day.

France had already overcome Switzerland and went into the contest looking to make it two wins from two and edge closer to knockout spot of their own.

However, Alex de Minaur managed to overcome Ugo Humbert 7-6 (7-2) 6-3, before Ebden and Purcell once again did the business to win 7-5 6-3.

The result kept alive Australia’s hopes of finishing in the top two but they still needed to avoid a banana skin against the Swiss on the final day.

Finishing on a high

Kokkinakis came to the party on the final day against Switzerland to help Australia on the way to a comprehensive 3-0 win.

Victories for Kokkinakis and De Minaur over Dominic Stricker and Marc-Andrea Huesler respectively got Australia on their way, before another doubles win for Ebden and Purcell.

The pair of Ebden and Purcell, who won the men's doubles competition at Wimbledon in 2022, will be key for the Davis Cup knockout stages, which will be played between 21st and-26th November in Malaga, Spain.

After finishing as runners-up at the Davis Cup last year, there might well be a feeling of unfinished business for the team ahead of the trip to Malaga in a couple of months' time.

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