Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals

All about Kazakhstan: five-time quarter-finalists seeking the ultimate glory

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

They may have been in the Davis Cup World Group for less than a decade – but since then Kazakhstan have made an incredibly impressive account of themselves. After their debut in the competition in 1995, they stepped up to World Group level in 2011 – and since then have reached the quarter-finals five times, in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Hard-court specialist Alexey Kedryuk has swept the board of all Kazakhstan’s Davis Cup records so far. Over a 15-year career in the tournament, he played 51 ties, accumulating the country’s highest number of wins in singles and doubles, forming two great pairs during that spell – one with Igor Chaldounov and one with Anton Tsymbalov.

Now the Kazakhstan squad features ATP Top 50 star Mikhail Kukushkin alongside next-generation talent Alexandr Bublik in a team captained by the long-serving Dias Doskarayev, who made his own Davis Cup debut at the tender age of 14.

They are very tough to beat at home. Astana has become a virtual fortress, with the hosts winning eleven of the twelve ties they have played there so far. That includes their qualification triumph in February over Portugal, who they beat 3-1 thanks to two singles wins for Kukushkin and one for debutant Bublik.

They head to Madrid ready to battle in Group E, facing the Netherlands and 2015 champions Great Britain.

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©  Sergey Kivrin

© Sergey Kivrin