Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 25th Nov, 2021 ) :Sweden were 1-0 ahead of Canada, the Czech Republic won their first rubber against France and Croatia were leading Australia as the Davis Cup round-robin phase got underway at Madrid, Innsbruck and Turin on Thursday.
There are 18 nations divided into six groups of three, with winners and the top pair of second places going into the quarter-finals pot.
Tomas Machac also won in straight sets taking 1hr 33mins to see off French veteran Richard Gasquet 7-6, 6-2 in Innsbruck where the surge in coronavirus cases and the subsequent lockdown in Austria means that matches will be played once again in an empty arena.
Great Britain make up Group C.
Hungary await their debut in the group.
The Davis Cup, which began life back in 1900 as a bilateral contest between Britain and the United States, has had numerous makeovers in the past, most recently in 2019 when it was reshaped to resemble a world championships.
This year’s competition sees 12 qualifiers – Australia, Austria, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Sweden and USA – joined by the previous edition’s semi-finalists – Spain, Canada, Great Britain and the Russian Tennis Federation.