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Davis Cup: Tallon Griekspoor, Botic van de Zandschlup lead Netherlands over U.S.

Sep 2, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA;  Tallon Griekspoor of Netherlands serves against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in a second round match on day four of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Tallon Griekspoor and Botic van de Zandschlup won their singles matches to lift the Netherlands to a 2-1 victory over the United States in group-stage action on Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland.

Griekspoor defeated Tommy Paul 7-5, 7-6(3), and van de Zandschlup took down Taylor Fritz 6-4, 7-6(3). Americans Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock then captured a 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop in a meaningless doubles match.

The Netherlands sits atop the Group D standings with three points, while the United States has two. The group stage is taking place from Tuesday through Sunday in four cities across Europe. The top two teams in each round-robin group will advance to the knockout stage in Malaga, Spain, Nov. 22-27.

In Group C, France defeated Belgium 2-1. Richard Gasquet topped Michael Geerts 6-3, 6-3 before David Goffin edged Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. In the decisive doubles match, Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech cruised past Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 6-3, 7-6(6).

Laslo Djere swept Gabriel Diallo 6-2, 6-2, but Felix Auger-Aliassime claimed a 6-3, 6-4 win over Miomir Kecmanovic to set up a doubles winner-take all. Kecmanovic and Filip Krajinovic were then credited with a win in the doubles match after Alexis Galarneau and Vasek Pospisil retired, giving Serbia a 2-1 win over Canada.

Croatia had a dominant 3-0 showing against Argentina in Group A. Borna Gojo beat Sebastian Baez, Borna Coric toppled Francisco Cerundolo and Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic were too much for Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos to handle.

Sunday’s matches will pin Italy against Sweden in Group A, Spain against South Korea in Group B, Germany against Australia in Group C and Great Britain against Kazakhstan in Group D.

–Field Level Media