While the focus was mainly on the developments in the scintillating semi-final ties, the Davis Cup weekend featured a variety of other intriguing ties, some contesting for World Group spots, while others were looking to secure Zonal positions in 2015.
Milos Raonic secured Canada’s place in the Davis Cup World Group in 2015 with a 61 76(2) 75 victory over Colombian No. 1 Santiago Giraldo.
“The most important thing when we came here was to get the wins,” Raonic said. “I didn’t necessarily expect to play my best tennis with the short turnaround after the US Open. I came here late with the intention of being mentally fresh to compete to the best of my ability. You’ve got a goal, and I don’t think it matters how I did it as long as I got the job done.”
In the biggest surprise of the day, Brazil knocked Spain out of the World Group for the first time since 1996 when they lost the fourth rubber on Sunday to go down 3-1. Bellucci overwhelmed his Roberto Bautista Agut, and struck a total of 61 winners to defeat him 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
“I think it is my greatest win. For me it was a big challenge to play at home against Spain. I played my best tennis today to get this point which was very important for the team. “During the match I think Bautista Agut wasn’t feeling so well. He was missing a lot. I think he was feeling the pressure of playing against a big Brazilian crowd. I think I managed it a little bit better than him and that was the key in the match.”
World Group play-offs:
Canada 3-1 Colombia
USA 5-0 Slovakia
Brazil 3-1 Spain
Australia 5-0 Uzbekistan
Serbia 2–1 India
Netherlands 2-3 Croatia
Belgium 3-2 Ukraine
Argentina 3-2 Israel
Zonal play-off events:
Europe/Africa Zone Group I – First round play-off:
Latvia 1-4 Austria
Romania 3-1 Sweden
Americas Zone Group I – First round play-off:
Uruguay 4-1 Venezuela
Europe/Africa Zone Group I – Second round play-off:
Russia 4-1 Portugal
Asia/Oceania Zone Group I – First round play-off:
Chinese Taipei 1-3 Korea, Rep.
Asia/Oceania Zone Group II – Third round:
Thailand 3-0 Pakistan