Australia have started their Davis Cup Finals campaign in perfect fashion by beating Belgium 3-0 in Hamburg.
Drawn in a group that also includes France and Germany, Lleyton Hewitt’s side needed to start strong and did just that on Wednesday morning (AEST).
Davis Cup debutant Jason Kubler set the tone for Australia’s opening tie as he came from a break down in the final set to beat Zizou Bergs 6-4 1-6 6-3.
It was a special match for Kubler, who has enjoyed one of his best years on tour to date.
“It feels great. Hopefully I have many more Davis Cup ties to play, but that was a very special way to start my Davis Cup career,” Kubler said.
“When your back’s against the wall, you’ve got to have that Australian spirit. I’m happy that I got to show a bit of mine.”
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After seeing Kubler dig deep for victory, Alex de Minaur wasted no time against David Goffin as the young Aussie put in a near-perfect display in a 6-2 6-2 win.
Wimbledon men’s doubles champions Matt Ebden and Max Purcell then put the icing on the cake for Australia as they beat Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-1 6-3.
3/3 Matches Won ✅✅✅ A dominating Australian performance on Day 1 🇦🇺
— Davis Cup (@DavisCup) September 13, 2022
Like Kubler, Purcell was also making his Davis Cup debut as a new crop of Australian talent quickly impress on the team stage.
“No Davis Cup match is ever easy, especially your first one. Max today and also Kubes, kicking it off today he got us off to the right start,” Australia’s team captain Hewitt said.
“We’ve still got a long way to go, but the goal is certainly to qualify [for the knockout rounds].”
Australia will next face France on Friday morning (AEST) where a win would all but guarantee the green and gold a place in the quarter-finals.