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Alex de Minaur defeats Mirza Basic in straight sets to earn Australia a 2-0 lead in its Davis Cup qualifying round tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday.

De Minaur, Millman Give Australia 2-0 Lead In Adelaide

Italy also owns 2-0 advantage in Davis Cup qualifying round

Venue: Memorial Drive Tennis Club, Adelaide, Australia
Surface: Hard, Outdoors

Alex de Minaur and John Millman both claimed their first Davis Cup victories to give Australia a 2-0 lead in its qualifying round tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday. Millman won 70 per cent of first-serve points (21/30) to defeat Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 6-2, before De Minaur doubled Australia's advantage after 87 minutes, beating Mirza Basic 6-3, 7-6(0).

“It’s a dream come true for me, and I’m so happy I finally was able to get a win for my country in Davis Cup," De Minaur told DavisCup.com. “I think it’s amazing that we had John Millman come out and get his first win, as well."

On Saturday, John Peers and Jordan Thompson will have the opportunity to confirm Australia's spot at the 2019 Davis Cup Finals, to be held 18-24 November in Madrid, when they meet Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic. Peers will be making his first appearance since reaching the Australian Open doubles final alongside Henri Kontinen (l. to Herbert/Mahut) last month.

Venue: Swiss Tennis Arena, Biel, Switzerland
Surface: Hard, Indoors

Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov claimed the opening two rubbers for Russia against 2014 champion Switzerland in Biel. After splitting the opening two sets in tie-breaks, Medvedev cruised to victory over Henri Laaksonen 7-6(8), 6-7(6), 6-2 in just under two-and-a-half hours. The three-time tour-level titlist failed to convert one match point at 6/5 in the second-set tie-break, but took advantage on two of four break points in the decider to claim victory. Later in the day, Khachanov won 82 per cent of service points (41/50) to beat Marc-Andrea Huesler 6-3, 7-5.

Venue: Calcutta South Club, Kolkata, India
Surface: Grass, Outdoors

Italy made a strong start to its tie against India, earning a 2-0 lead following straight-sets wins for Andreas Seppi and Matteo Berrettini. Seppi fired 23 winners to defeat 2018 Newport finalist Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-4, 6-2, while Berrettini needed just 57 minutes to beat Prajnesh Gunneswaran 6-4, 6-3. Simone Bolelli and Marco Cecchinato can guarantee Italy's place in Madrid with victory over Pune champions Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan on Saturday.

Venue: Saxovat Sport Servis Sport Complex, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Surface: Hard, Indoors

Dusan Lajovic and Filip Krajinovic handed Serbia a 2-0 advantage heading into Saturday in Tashkent. Lajovic dropped only nine points behind his first serve (36/45) to defeat Sanjar Fayziev 7-6(4), 6-3, before Krajinovic converted each of his three break-point chances to beat Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-4 in 61 minutes. Nikola Milojevic and Viktor Troicki can clinch victory for the visiting nation when they face Fayziev and Istomin in the third rubber doubles match on Saturday.

Venue: National Tennis Center, Astana, Kazakhstan
Surface: Hard, Indoors

Alexander Bublik and Mikhail Kukushkin moved Kazakhstan one point away from a place in Madrid after contrasting wins in Astana. Bublik landed 25 aces to recover from a set down to defeat Joao Sousa 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 22 minutes, before Kukushkin doubled the host nation's lead with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Pedro Sousa.

Venue: Guangdong Olympic Sports Center Tennis Center, Guangzhou, China
Surface: Hard, Outdoors

China and Japan will head into Saturday tied at 1-1 after splitting the opening two singles rubbers in Guangzhou on Friday. Zhe Li earned China a 1-0 lead, beating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2 after one hour and 32 minutes, before Taro Daniel levelled the tie after overcoming Ze Zhang 7-6(3), 6-4.