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Davis Cup 2023 results: Great Britain to play France in decider after Australia beat Switzerland

Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt and Thanasi Kokkinakis

Australia last won the Davis Cup in 2003 when their side included current captain Lleyton Hewitt (left)

Great Britain must beat France in Manchester on Sunday to reach the Final Eight of the Davis Cup.

Leon Smith’s British side would have advanced on Saturday without playing if Switzerland had beaten Australia.

However, Australia won 3-0 as Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex de Minaur gained singles victories over Dominic Stricker and Marc-Andrea Huesler respectively.

Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell then beat Stricker and Huesler 6-2 6-4 in doubles to secure Australia’s qualification.

The Australian team, runners-up in 2022, would have been facing elimination if they had lost 3-0 to Switzerland, but Kokkinakis beat Stricker 6-3 7-5 before De Minaur triumphed 6-4 6-3 against Huesler.

Ebden and Purcell, who won the men’s doubles competition at Wimbledon in 2022, then produced a dominate display to take Australia to the Davis Cup knockout stages, which will be played in Malaga, Spain between 21-26 November.

Max Purcell (left) and Matthew Ebden celebrate victory for Australia
Max Purcell (left) and Matthew Ebden celebrate victory for Australia

‘We need a full house and a lot of noise’

Smith’s Great Britain beat Australia 2-1 on Wednesday and Switzerland 2-1 on Friday, and face France in their final Group B match on Sunday, with a crowd of more than 13,000 expected – a record for a single day of Davis Cup action in the United Kingdom.

“It’s a massive match. It will go down to the wire – we need a full house and a lot of noise,” said Smith.

A loss would mean Britain, who last won the Davis Cup in 2015, miss out on the closing stages of the tournament.

Every one of Smith’s five-man squad has featured in Manchester this week.

Jack Draper, 21, won on his Davis Cup debut with a singles victory over Kokkinakis, before Dan Evans defeated world number 12 De Minaur.

Evans and Neal Skupski have twice been paired together in doubles, losing to Australia’s Ebden and Purcell before beating the Swiss duo of Stan Wawrinka and Stricker.

Andy Murray, a member of the winning British side eight years ago, gained a come-from-behind win over Switzerland’s Leandro Riedi, while British number one Cameron Norrie has only played once, losing to Wawrinka.

Smith acknowledged he had some tough decisions to make over his selections.

“Everyone’s played now. We’ve got a full deck of cards to play with,” said Smith. “Ultimately we’ll go with what we think’s the best option, but everyone’s available, everybody’s ready to go.

“You’re not always going to get the decisions right, and…

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