Australian Alex de Minaur defeats Belgian David Goffin on Tuesday in Hamburg.

De Minaur Fires Australia To Victory In Davis Cup Opener

Four ties are taking place on Tuesday

Alex de Minaur overcame David Goffin on Tuesday to give Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead in its Davis Cup Finals Group B clash against Belgium in Hamburg.

The 23-year-old saved both break points he faced to move past Goffin 6-2, 6-2 in 67 minutes. De Minaur now leads the Belgian 3-0 in their ATP Head2Head series.

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In the first match of the tie, Australian Jason Kubler defeated Zizou Bergs 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. The 29-year-old won 64 per cent (14/22) of his second-serve points and twice rallied from a break down in the third set to triumph after two hours and nine minutes. In the last match of the tie, Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell downed Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-1, 6-3 to secure a 3-0 victory for Australia.

Ymer Brothers Deliver For Sweden
Elias Ymer and Mikael Ymer ensured Sweden made a winning start against Argentina in Group A in Bologna.

Older brother Elias rallied past Sebastian Baez 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4) in two hours and 30 minutes in the opening match of the tie. In a hard-fought clash, the 26-year-old recovered from squandering match points on Baez’s serve at 5-2 and 5-4 in the third set, eventually holding his nerve in the tie-break to record his win.

The 24-year-old Mikael then sealed victory for Sweden, dispatching World No. 17 Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 38 minutes. The World No. 98 fired 17 winners and broke Schwartzman five times to move the former champion into a 2-0 lead.

Netherlands Defeats Kazakhstan
Botic van de Zandschulp clinched victory for the Netherlands against Kazakhstan by rallying past Alexander Bublik 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in Glasgow. Earlier in the day, Tallon Griekspoor battled past Mikhail Kukushkin 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

Felix & Pospisil Do Double Duty For Canada
Felix Auger-Aliassime lost his singles match on Tuesday, but Canada found a way past South Korea 2-1. Vasek Pospisil opened the tie with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5) victory against Seong-chan Hong, before Soonwoo Kwon defeated Auger-Aliassime 7-6(5), 6-3.

Auger-Aliassime and Pospisil returned to the court in Valencia for the deciding doubles, in which they clawed past JiSung Nam and MinKyu Song 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

What is the format for the 2022 Davis Cup Finals?
The group stage of the 2022 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals will take place across four cities - Bologna, Glasgow, Hamburg and Valencia - from 13-18 September. The 16 nations will compete in four round-robin groups of four teams. The top two teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stage. The knock-out stage will take place in Malaga from 22-27 November.

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