The defending champion Canadians beat Chile. While the Americans fell to the Finnish team
The Canadians, the defending champions, qualified for the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup, but the Americans were eliminated by Finland, which reached the quarter-finals for the first time, with a 3-0 victory.
Otto Virtanen saved two match points in the decisive tie-break to defeat Mackenzie McDonald 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (7), and Emil Ruusuvuori defeated Tommy Paul 7-6 (1), 6-4.
Virtanen got the score on his fourth match point, giving first-time entrant Finland a historic win in Split, Croatia, in the group stage of the tournament finals.
Finland joined the Netherlands among the countries that qualified from Group Four and reached the quarter-finals. Which will be held in the Spanish city of Malaga in November.
“They can hear the fans. It means a lot for the whole country and for tennis in Finland. It’s a big thing,” Ruusuvuori said. “Let’s go to Malaga.”
Canada beat Chile 2-1. Alexis Galariño defeated Alejandro Tabelo 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the first match, and that was enough to secure the qualification ticket to Malaga.
Nicolas Jarry tied the match by defeating Gabriel Diallo 6-4, 6-4, but Galarneau and Vasek Pospisil’s victory over Marcelo Tomas Barrios Vera and Tabelo 6-3, 7-6 (7) allowed Canada to secure first place in the group. a
Italy could join Canada in the group qualifiers if it wins at least one match on Sunday in Bologna.
Australia, which qualified for last year’s final, also ensured its return to the quarter-finals by defeating Switzerland 3-0 in Manchester.
Defeat in either match would have left Australia dependent on the outcome of the clash between Great Britain and France scheduled for Sunday.
Thanasi Kokkinakis put Australia on the path to victory by defeating Dominik Stricker 6-3, 7-5, and Alex de Minaur defeated Marc-Andrea Hoesler 6-4, 6-3.
Max Purcell and Matt Ebden then won their third match of the week in straight sets, beating Hesler and Stricker 6-2, 6-4 to secure one of the top two places in the second set.
The Czech Republic beat Serbia 3-0 to take first place in Group C. Tomas Macak and Adam Pavlasek defeated Novak Djokovic and Nikola Kasic 7-5, 6-7 (5), 10-3.
The two countries had already qualified, with two wins each in Valencia.