Australia sweeps Chinese Taipei 5-0
Australia is poised to regain a foothold in the Davis Cup World Group after a 5-0 whitewash of Chinese Taipei in their Asia-Oceania Zone Group I play-off at Melbourne Park.
Teenager Bernard Tomic completed a flawless Cup debut on Sunday when he won his second singles match, defeating Hsin-Han Lee 6-7(4) 6-0 6-3.
Earlier Peter Luczak beat Tsung-Hua Yang 6-3 6-3 in the opening dead singles rubber after Australia had wrapped up the tie 3-0 when Carsten Ball and Paul Hanley won the doubles on Saturday.
Australia next faces Japan in May with the winner contesting the World Group play-offs in September.
“It was a good start to the Davis Cup, I guess,” Tomic said. “This last week has been huge for me and something that I’ll always treasure.
“It’s amazing to have a start like this … when I ever get the chance to play for Australia and the guys call me up I’ll be ready more than ever.”
Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald said Australia now had the potential to reclaim a spot in the elite group, especially with the likelihood that Lleyton Hewitt should be recovered from hip surgery to play against Japan.
“I think this year we believe we can get back into the World Group if everything goes our way, if Lleyton’s fit and Bernard keeps improving,” Fitzgerald said.
“I think there’s a lot of untapped ability yet in Carsten so I think we’ve got a group that’s starting to evolve.”
Peter Luczak described Tomic as “definitely on the right track” to take over the No.1 spot from Hewitt eventually.
“He rose to the occasion on day one and played some great tennis,” he said.
“He’s doing the best out of all the juniors at the moment, but it’s hard to predict, there’s still a long way to go.”