11/20/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/20/2019 22:16
Australia and Spain are the latest two teams to book their place in the knockout stages of the 2019 Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals.
Lleyton Hewitt's team booked their place in the quarter-finals after Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur scored straight-set wins over Steve Darcis and David Goffin respectively.
Kyrgios powered past Darcis 6-2 7-6(9) and De Minaur produced a sublime display to oust Belgium's No. 1 Goffin 6-0 7-6(4) much to the delight of his skipper.
The Aussie doubles duo of John Peers and Jordan Thompson retired after just one game against Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen, handing their opponents a 6-0 6-0 win.
Australia will take on Canada in the quarter-finals in the evening session starting at 6pm local time on Thursday.
Home fans had plenty to cheer about on Centre Court after Roberto Bautista Agut and Rafael Nadal both scored wins in singles against Nikola Mektic and Borna Gojo to book their country's spot in the quarter-finals.
Bautista Agut defeated Mektic 6-1 6-3 and Nadal overcame Gojo 6-4 6-3 before the world No. 1 teamed up with Marcel Granollers to defeat Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 6-3 6-4.
Spain will face one of the two best runners-up in the knockout stages.
In the tie between Italy and USA, Fabio Fognini defeated Reilly Opelka 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3 in the opening singles but Taylor Fritz handed Matteo Berrettini his second defeat of the week as he battled back to defeat the 8th-ranked player 5-7 7-6(5) 6-2.
The deciding doubles became the second latest match-finish in history as Sam Querrey and Jack Sock combined to defeat Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-7(4) 7-6(2) 6-4.