Two days after the win against Switzerland, the French team stalled against Australia (a 2-1 loss) on Thursday, and its hopes of qualifying for the final Davis Cup match are dwindling before the big showdown against Britain and its public on Sunday.
The Blues star, who shone earlier in the day against Stan Wawrinka and company, faded a bit under the rocket blows of the previous edition’s finalists, the Australians, who won the decisive doubles on Thursday. Both teams have one win each ahead of the clash between Switzerland and Great Britain’s Andy Murray, who will challenge an expected full house in Manchester (over 13,000 seats) on Sunday, at the end of the group. platform. Friday is “a day to recover a bit, to digest and then prepare well because it will be a big fight with a Davis Cup atmosphere,” captain Sébastien Grosjean commented on BeIN Sports.
The first two qualifying spots for the Davis Cup quarter-finals scheduled for November in Malaga, Spain, moved on Thursday despite a good start in the afternoon.
Mannarino was the obstacle in men
The impeccable Adrian Mannarino (34th in the world) extended his invincibility this week against Max Purcell (43rd), his attacking game and his powerful serves (14 aces), since he has been carrying an adductor muscle problem. US Open. Even if he knows “On an even tighter rope”A 35-year-old left-hander “(His) ability to play great tennis” Until now, he later told the broadcaster. “Every morning I wake up and it’s a mystery, ‘How am I going to walk,’ but for now it stands.”
His physical condition adds a veil of uncertainty following the adventures, and if complications arise, the French selection could lead to a hasty rounding of 19-year-old newcomer Arthur Fils.
On Thursday, the first point reported by “Manna” (7-6, 6-4) was destroyed by world number 12 Alex de Minaur, who maintained his ranking with a 7-6, 6 -3 loss to Ugo Humbert (36th). . The fate of the match was then decided in the doubles, and unfortunately for the Blues, the pair of Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Nicolas Mahut were no match for Matt Epton and Max Purcell (7-5, 6-3). Throughout the exchange.
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