Borna Coric beat 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Sunday to ship Croatia into the group stage of the Davis Cup.
Coric helped the Croatians win their second Davis Cup title in 2018, however he was sidelined after they misplaced in 2021 closing whereas lacking a yr of motion with a proper shoulder damage.
He returned to the tour final March, successful a Masters 1000 title in August in Cincinnati, Ohio, and rejoined the Croatians after they reached the Davis Cup semifinals final yr.
His victory over Thiem, who has additionally handled accidents in recent times, gave Croatia a 3-1 victory in Rijeka. The Austrians had taken the tie in opposition to the No. 1 staff within the Davis Cup rankings to a fourth match when Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler beat Ivan Dodig and Nikola Mektic 6-3, 7-6 (11) within the doubles match earlier Sunday.
Chile, Finland, the Netherlands, Korea and the Czech Republic additionally accomplished victories Sunday to safe their locations within the subsequent spherical, which shall be performed in September.
On Saturday, the USA accomplished a sweep of Uzbekistan, whereas Serbia, France, Britain, Switzerland and Sweden additionally completed off victories. Those 12 nations will play within the group stage, together with reigning champion Canada, 2022 runner-up Australia and wild-card recipients Italy and Spain.
Eight groups will then advance to the closing matches of the Davis Cup Finals scheduled for November 21-26 in Malaga, Spain.
In Sunday’s different matches:
— Finland 3, Argentina 1: On indoor exhausting courts in Espoo, Finland, Harri Heliovaara and Emil Ruusuvuori edged Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4, earlier than Ruusuvuori secured the successful level and a private 3-0 weekend by beating Facundo Bagnis 7-5, 6-1.
— Netherlands 4, Slovakia 0: On indoor exhausting courts in Groningen, Matwe Middelkoop and Wesley Koolhof despatched the hosts by with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Alex Molcan and Lukas Klein. Middelkoop then beat Jozef Kovalik 6-4, 6-4.
— South Korea 3, Belgium 2: On indoor exhausting courts in Seoul, the hosts rallied from a 2-0 deficit after the primary day. Min-Kyu Song and Ji Sung Nam saved them alive with a 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) victory over Joran Vliegen and Sander Gille. Soonwoo Kwon then beat David Goffin 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 earlier than Seong Chan Hong accomplished the comeback with a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory over Zizou Bergs.
— Czech Republic 3, Portugal 1: On an indoor clay court docket in Maia, Portugal, Jiri Lehecka wrapped up the victory by beating Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-1.
— Chile 3, Kazakhstan 1: On an outside clay court docket in La Serena, Chile, Cristian Garin beat Alexander Bublik 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 after the hosts had taken the lead with a victory by the doubles staff of Alejandro Tabilo and Tomas Barrios Vera.