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Davis Cup: Australia wins World Group playoff over Slovakia

Associated Press Associated Press 17/09/2016
Australia's Nick Kyrgios plays a forehand shot at the net in his Davis Cup tennis tie against Slovakia's Andrej Martin in Sydney Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Kyrgios won the match 3-0. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith) © The Associated Press Australia's Nick Kyrgios plays a forehand shot at the net in his Davis Cup tennis tie against Slovakia's Andrej Martin in Sydney Friday, Sept. 16, 2016. Kyrgios won the match 3-0. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

SYDNEY — Doubles pair Sam Groth and John Peers beat Slovakia's Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2) on Saturday to clinch Australia's Davis Cup World Group playoff 3-0.

Slovakia saved a match point in the 12th game of the third set before winning the tiebreaker. But Australia dominated the fourth-set tiebreaker, winning the first five points.

The win with new captain Lleyton Hewitt in charge ensured Australia, a first-round loser to the United States in February, will remain in the elite group of 16 countries for 2017.

On Friday, Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic had straight-set singles victories on the grass court at Sydney Olympic Park. Kyrgios opened with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win over Martin and Tomic beat Jozef Kovalik 7-6 (5) 6-4, 6-4.

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