The U.S. delivered a double dose of dedication to return to the Davis Cup World Group.
Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram beat Illya Beloborodko and Oleksii Krutykh, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 clinching the U.S. Davis Cup win over Ukraine and return to the World Group at the moment.
The victory gave the USA an insurmountable 3-0 lead over Ukraine within the best-of-five-match Davis Cup qualifier performed on exhausting court docket on the SEB Area in Vilnius, Lithuania.
“It was a tricky match all the way in which from the primary level,” Krajicek stated. “I assumed these guys performed exceptionally effectively. Davis Cup is at all times actually tough—everybody raises their degree once they play for his or her nation.
“I assumed we performed a fairly top quality match and had been in a position to give you some great things within the third set to rise up a break. I assumed Raj served unbelievable on the finish there. We gave ourselves the very best likelihood to win but it surely was a tricky match during and excited to win that one.”
In his Davis Cup debut yesterday, Christopher Eubanks defeated Viacheslav Bielinskyi 6-3, 6-2 to stake the USA to a 2-0 lead setting the stage for the doubles-clinching victory at the moment. Eubanks was a late alternative for American No. 1 Taylor Fritz, who was pressured out of the tie attributable to a proper hip subject.
On Thursday, Sebastian Korda opened the tie conquering a tough Oleksii Krutykh 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4 overcoming a second-set lapse to prevail in two hours, 12 minutes.
Ram and Krajicek, who’ve every held the doubles world No. 1 rating, saved calm amid third-set strain at the moment.
The pair broke for a 4-2 lead within the decider then Ram threw down some declarative serves to shut the match in a single hour, 51 minutes.
“These guys performed effectively and so they got here up with some good pictures,” Ram stated. “I assumed we possibly dropped our depth and possibly our vitality a bit bit and I assumed that’s one thing we did effectively the entire third set we had been higher with that and I feel that was the important thing to us profitable.
“We all know its the hardest state of affairs they are often in so the truth that they competed as exhausting as they did says rather a lot about who they’re so it’s an awesome honor to play towards them.”
Persevering with its quest for a record-extending thirty third Davis Cup championship, the USA advances to the 16-nation DGroup Stage of the 2024 Davis Cup Finals that will likely be performed throughout 4 cities, to be decided, September 10-Fifteenth.
Davis Cup Qualifier
USA defeats Ukraine 4-0
Thursday, February 1
Sebastian Korda (USA) d. Oleksii Krutykh (UKR), 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4
Chris Eubanks (USA) d. Viacheslav Bielinskyi (UKR), 6-3, 6-2
Friday, February 2
Austin Krajicek / Rajeev Ram (USA) d. Oleksii Krutykh / Illya Beloborodko (UKR) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Taylor Fritz (USA) d. Vladyslav Orlov (UKR) 6-3, 6-4