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Schwartzman bounces back to seal Argentina’s place in Davis Cup qualifiers

Diego Schwartzman shrugged off a surprise defeat in his opening match to ease Argentina into the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers on Sunday, sealing the winning point against Belarus.

The world number 15 was beaten by junior player Daniil Ostapenkov in Saturday’ opening match but rebounded on Sunday to beat world number 1233 Alexander Zgirovsky 6-1, 6-2.

Argentina had forged 2-1 ahead by winning Sunday’s doubles rubber as Horacio Zeballos and Maximo Gonzalez were made to work hard by Ostapenkov and Erik Arutiunian, winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.

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The South Americans will now go forward to the qualifiers in February hoping to seal their place in the 2022 Finals, having appeared in the inaugural edition in 2019.

“I don’t know if it was revenge, because it didn’t erase what happened to me on Saturday,” Schwartzman said. “But I enjoyed winning the final point.”

The Netherlands also made it through to next year’s qualifiers after winning its World Group I tie against Uruguay.

Wesley Koolhof and Matwe Middelkoop sealed its passage with a doubles win against Ignacio Carou and Martin Cuevas, giving the Dutch an unassailable 3-0 lead.Brazil also progressed through to the qualifiers after seeing off Lebanon.

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