Davis Cup Qualifiers round took place last Friday and Saturday to determine 12 countries that will fight at Davis Cup finals in November together with other six teams that already secured the Madrid berth. Brazil hosted Belgium in Uberlandia on an indoor clay court, competing in the elite for the first time since 2015 and standing as clear favorites against the crippled Belgian squad that made a long trip to South America without David Goffin, Steve Darcis and Ruben Bemelmans!
Playing at home for the first time since 2016, the Brazilian Davis Cup captain Joao Zwetsch had the strongest team at his disposal, with Thiago Monteiro, Rogerio Dutra Silva and the famous doubles pair of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares.
In the opening match, Thiago Monteiro took down Arthur De Greef before Kimmer Coppejans toppled Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets to level the score before the deciding day on Saturday. Sharing the court only for the second time in Davi Cup, Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen delivered a fantastic performance to stun Melo and Soares 6-4, 7-6 in 80 minutes, losing seven points on serve and keeping the pressure on the top-15 rivals all the time to secure the second point for Belgium and make the tie much more interesting.
Kimmer Coppejans hasn't played for Belgium since 2016 and he turned himself into a hero in Uberlandia, beating Thiago Monteiro 6-3, 6-4 to seal the deal for his country and punch Madrid ticket for the team that played in the final twice in the last couple of years.
After this terrible result, the Brazilian Davis Cup captain Joao Zwetsch announced he is stepping down from the position, almost nine years after making a debut in May 2010 against Uruguay! Under Zwetsch, Brazil played in the World Group in 2013 and 2015 and they won nine out of 19 ties played during that circle, including a massive one over Spain at home in 2014.
Brazil will now face Uruguay, Barbados or Venezuela in Americas Group I in September, hoping for a much better run and the positive result that would keep them in Davis Cup Qualifiers in 2020 as well.