Alex de Minaur edged Marton Fucsovics 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(2) Saturday at the Davis Cup Finals to help Australia battle back and defeat Hungary to keep alive its qualification hopes in Group D in Turin.
Following John Millman’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat to Zsombor Piros in the first match of the tie, the pressure was on De Minaur. But he stepped up, breaking five times to secure victory after three hours and seven minutes.
“This is what the Davis Cup is all about,” De Minaur said. “You leave it all out there for your country. It was a brutal battle, it was a great match and I am happy to get a point for my country. Day one we had a tough day, we just had to come out today and keep going.”
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In the decisive doubles rubber, Alex Bolt and John Peers then overcome Fabian Marozsan and Piros 6-3, 6-7(11), 6-3 in two hours and five minutes to seal a 2-1 comeback victory for Australia.
Bolt and Peers did not face a break point and raised their level in the third set to triumph.
Australia lost its opening Group D tie against Croatia, but can still qualify for the quarter-finals as one of the two best second-placed nations.