Australia beats Slovakia in World Group playoff

John Peers and Sam Groth went on to secure Australia's World Group status 3-0 in the 2017 Davis Cup competition with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/2) victory in two hours and 21 minutes.

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Peers and Groth were taken to four sets by the Slovak pair of Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay after holding a match point at 5-2 in the third set.   -  AP

John Peers and Sam Groth clinched the Davis Cup World Group play-off tie for Australia with a doubles win over Slovakia in Sydney on Saturday. Peers and Groth were taken to four sets by the Slovak pair of Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay after holding a match point at 5-2 in the third set.

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The duo went on to secure Australia's World Group status 3-0 in the 2017 Davis Cup competition with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 7-6 (7/2) victory in two hours and 21 minutes. Australia only needed one more win after Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic won their opening day singles in straight sets on Friday.

The 15th-ranked Kyrgios shrugged off recent hip problems to whip through Martin 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 while the 21st-ranked Tomic completed a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4 win over Jozef Kovalik. Australia, who lost to the United States in this year's first round, will now extend its stay in the World Group to four years.

Slovakia, who has come to Australia without its two leading stars, 31-ranked Martin Klizan and 102-ranked Lukas Lacko, has not been in the premier group for 10 years.

In another Davis Cup clash, Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell won their doubles, 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in straight sets as New Zealand took an unassailable lead over Pakistan to retain its berth in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group. The result means New Zealand remains in the Asia/Oceania Group 1 next year while Pakistan is relegated to Group 2 next year.