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Alcaraz fires Spain into Davis Cup finals, join Croatia

What a month for the young Spaniard so far

Carlos Alcaraz Tennis – Davis Cup – Group B – Spain v Republic of Korea – Pavello Municipal Font de Sant Lluis, Valencia, Spain – September 18, 2022 Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz reacts during his match against Republic of Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo (AI/Reuters/Panoramic)

In front of a fervent home crowd, world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz came good in the Davis Cup, beating Soonwoo Kwon 6-4, 7-6 (1) to win the vital point that secured Spain’s place in November’s finals.

He was helped out by Roberto Bautista Agut, who won the day’s opening singles match over Hong Seong Chan 6-1, 6-3.

They are joined in the last eight teams by Croatia, who progressed despite not hitting a ball. Sweden could have gone through had they beaten Italy 3-0 – but when Matteo Berrettini beat Elias Ymer 6-4, 6-4, Croatia knew their spot was assured.

Eight nations will now compete for the Davis Cup in Malaga in November.

The Davis Cup Final Eight 2022

  • Italy
  • United States
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Netherlands
  • Croatia
  • Spain
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