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A number of Davis Cup ties to determine teams to compete in next year’s Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers were completed over the weekend.
Eleven teams already know that in the first week of March next year they have an appointment to fight for a place in the November Finals 2020: Austria, Belarus, Brazil, South Korea, Ecuador, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Uruguay and Uzbekistan.
The match between India and Pakistan will be played at the end of November.
Austria saw their presence in the Qualifiers 2020 at risk despite having world No.5 Dominic Thiem in their line-up.
The Austrian No.1 suffered a shock defeat to the Finnish world No.163 Emil Ruusuvuori and it was Thiem’s fellow Austrian and good friend Denis Novak who scored the final point for Stefan Koubek's team to complete a 3-2 victory.
The Czech Republic also suffered in their match against Bosnia-Herzegovina, who were led by Mirza Basic. However, it was the Czechs who celebrated thanks to recent US Open boys’ champion Jonas Forejtek, who won the decisive match to earn a 3-2 victory.
Belarus came back to beat Portugal 3-2 to earn themselves a spot in the Davis Cup by Rakuten Qualifiers for the first time. Egor Gerasimov and Ilya Ivashka were the heroes for Belarus.
Much more comfortable were victories for Sweden - who beat Israel 3-1 - and Slovakia, who got past Switzerland by the same scoreline, to round off the Europe/Africa zone.
In the Americas, Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay overcame Barbados, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic respectively.
Uzbekistan and South Korea will also fight in March for their debut at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2020, after victories over Lebanon and China.
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