Australia’s Davis Cup team has risen another level by taking an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina, captain Lleyton Hewitt says.
Australia secured a spot in this year’s revamped finals by sweeping the initial three rubbers against the Bosnians at Adelaide’s Memorial Drive.
Australia’s doubles pair John Peers and Jordan Thompson defeated Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic 7-5 6-1 on Saturday to seal the triumph and book a spot in the finals in November in Madrid.
Australia will be one of 18 nations at the finals, to be contested for the first time over one week under changes to the format of the 119-year-old competition.
“These boys have taken it to another level now,” Hewitt said of his triumphant team.
“The finals are a long way away … but, come November, no matter what the format, we’re going to go there and give it absolutely everything we have got.”
Peers and Thompson steamrolled their opponents after a tight opening, when they achieved the set-winning service break in the 12th game.
The hosts rode their momentum in a commanding second set to win in just 70 minutes.
“To get the job done the way we did for the boys is unbelievable,” Peers said.
“As it showed out there, all the boys played not only for each other but for our country and it means so much to all of us to continue to wear the green and gold.
“The way we went about it this tie was amazing.”
On Friday, John Millman downed top-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, 6-3 6-2 and Alex de Minaur followed with a 6-3 7-6 (7-0) victory against Basic.
Hewitt called on Alexei Popyrin to make his cup debut in the dead-rubber fourth singles match against Nerman Fatic, with the scheduled fifth match called off.