MANCHESTER, England — In a thrilling display of tennis, Ugo Humbert emerged victorious against Stan Wawrinka, securing a remarkable start for France against Switzerland in the group stage of the Davis Cup Finals on Tuesday.
Humbert’s exceptional performance not only delighted the French fans but also gave his team an insurmountable lead. Earlier, Adrian Mannarino had set the stage for France’s success by defeating Dominic Stricker in a closely fought match that ended with a score of 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in favor of Mannarino.
The doubles showdown featuring Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin further solidified France’s dominance, as they convincingly defeated Marc-Andrea Huesler and Wawrinka by a margin of 6-2, 6-2.
Looking ahead, all eyes are now set on the anticipated clash between Australia and Britain in Group B, scheduled to take place on Wednesday in Manchester.
Meanwhile, in Group C at Valencia, Laslo Djere and Dusan Lajovic showcased their prowess on the court, securing two pivotal singles victories in Serbia’s comprehensive 3-0 win over South Korea. The Serbian team now looks forward to their upcoming match against Spain, with the Czech Republic also set to display their talents in the Spanish city.
Elsewhere, Group A witnessed an impressive display from the Chilean team, as they triumphed over Sweden with a remarkable 3-0 victory. The resolute efforts of Cristian Garin and Nicolas Jarry were instrumental in securing this triumph. Defending champions Canada, alongside Italy, also form part of this fiercely competitive group, setting the stage for exciting encounters in the upcoming matches.
Group D saw the Netherlands emerge triumphant with a 2-1 victory over Finland. The Croatian team is now gearing up for their clash against the United States, a match that promises intense competition and breathtaking tennis moments.
As the tournament progresses, the stakes are higher than ever, with only the top two countries from each group earning the coveted spots in the Final 8 in November, which will be held in the beautiful city of Malaga.