The Dutch Davis Cup team defeated the USA
Bottic van de Santsulp gave the Dutch Davis Cup victory over the United States on Saturday evening. After Dalen Kronbuhr’s victory over Tommy Ball, Van de Sandsulp was too strong for Taylor Fritz: 6-4, 7-6 (3).
The pair between Wesley Koolhoff and Matve Middelkoop and the doubles between Americans Rajeev Ram and Jack Sack lost 2-1 to the Orange, which no longer mattered. Earlier this week, the Netherlands won their other two group matches against Kazakhstan and Great Britain and topped the group with a total of three wins.
It was already known on Friday evening that the Orange team will play in the quarter-finals after their surprise win over the English. The Netherlands are now among the top eight nations in the world and will continue the competition in Spain at the end of November.
Be brave with each other
The fight between Van de Santsulp (ATP-35) and Fritz (ATP-12) lasted a long time. In the fourth game, the Dutchman held serve and Fritz had four breaking opportunities. Van de Sandschulp outlasted them all and eventually pulled into the game.
The first and immediate decisive break came in the ninth game. On the third break point, Van de Sandsulp served and then won her own service game to take a 1-0 lead in sets.
Fritz again had trouble finding his way and immediately gave up on his serve in the second set. Van de Sandschulp did the same, however, and the score was level again as a result. A tiebreak had to be decided.
The American was frustrated and gave up four points in a row. He didn’t make up for that deficit as van de Sandsulp finished it off 7-3, after which the entire Dutch team cheered.
The Greek Track puts it ahead of Orange
The first match of the day was between Greek Track and Tommy Ball. It went to the Netherlands 7-5 and 7-6 (3).
The Greek track (ATP-48) broke the American (ATP-29) in the eleventh game and then simply completed the set. There were chances to break the second set but it was a tiebreak. In this, Greece’s track was 6-1. He served his third match point with an ace.
A three-setter in doubles
Koolhoff and Middlekoop finished the day of competition with doubles against Ram and Zach. The Dutch won the first set, but lost a tiebreak in the second set, leaving the Americans tied.
In the third set, Koolhoff and Middlekoop dropped their serve twice. They broke up once, but it wasn’t enough to bother Ram and Zach. The USA won the final 6-4, 6-7 (3) and 4-6.
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