Rising Kazakh star Alexander Bublik dedicated his team's first win at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals to the Kazakh fans who cheered loudly for them on Tuesday. Kazakhstan ended victorious in their first tie played in Madrid as they edged out Netherlands 2-1 to secure their first win in Group E.
Kazakhstan got off to a start start as former world No. 39 Mikhail Kukushkin saw off 200th-ranked Botic Van de Zandschulp 6-2 6-2 in the opening rubber of the tie. Bublik, who made two ATP finals this year, had a chance to close out the tie but failed to beat Robin Haase as the Dutch edged out the Kazakh 7-5 3-6 7-6 (5).
But Bublik quickly made amends for the Haase singles loss as he and Kukushkin beat Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-4 7-6 (2) in the decisive rubber of the tie. "It’s Davis Cup, it’s a team event, so we’re pleased to have these kind of fans supporting us – this win is for them," Bublik said after the Kazakhs secured the win, per the Davis Cup Finals website.