Germany on form as Davis Cup finalists confirmed

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Alexander Zverev celebrates Germany's victory over Hungary in Frankfurt; Getty Images
Germany, Japan, Russia and Colombia are among the 12 nations to confirm their spots in November’s Davis Cup Finals in Madrid.

Germany won all five matches against Hungary to earn their place in November’s Davis Cup Finals after a comprehensive 5-0 victory in Frankfurt.

Germany’s success was part of 12 qualifying ties to decide which nations will advance to the 18-team finals tournament in Madrid on November 18-24.

World No.3 Alexander Zverev and Philipp Kohlschreiber repeated more singles success after the pairing of Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff brushed aside Hungarians Gabor Borsos and Peter Nagy 6-2 6-3.

“Our captain told us before the match to go for every shot, to be ready to avoid that they start playing very well and to be aggressive in our service games and our return games,” Struff said.

“That was the key.”

FINALISTS

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Netherl;ands
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • USA

Earlier, Australia completed a 4-0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Adelaide on Saturday to qualify for the Davis Cup finals, with the meaningless final rubber called off.

It was a much closer tie in China where the visiting Japanese team prevailed in a deciding fifth rubber in Guangzhou.

After the tie was level at 1-1 concluding day one, China took control after the doubles on day two.

Yoshihito Nishioka restored parity with a singles win before Taro Daniel sealed Japan’s place with a 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 win over Zhe Li.

In Bratislava, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov lost the doubles with Felix Auger-Aliassime against Slovakia but they both recovered individually to win on singles duty to advance with a 3-2 series triumph.

Chile progressed 3-2 over Austria in Salzburg with Christian Garin completing the tie with a 6-2 6-1 win over Austria’s Jurij Rodionov.

Uzbekistan fought back from a 2-0 deficit against Serbia but fell short in the deciding tie when Filip Krajinovic defeated Sanjar Fayziev 4-6 6-3 6-0 to seal a 3-2 victory for the visitors in Tashkent.

Russia and the Netherlands progressed from their respective ties as 3-1 winners, as did Belgium, Kazakhstan and Italy.
Colombia did not drop a match in a 4-0 rout of Sweden in Bogota.

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