Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik insists it will be all but easy against Netherlands in this week's Davis Cup tie as he thought his team were lucky to beat the Dutch side last November in Madrid. Kazakhstan edged out Netherlands 2-1 at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals after claiming a win in the decisive rubber of the tie but still failed to make it past the Round Robin stage in Madrid.
Four months later, the two sides are set to meet again in a Davis Cup qualifying round tie -- which will be held in Nur-Sultan -- with the winner earning a place in the second edition of Davis Cup Finals. Davis Cup Team Captain Yuriy Schukin also nominated for the tie Mikhail Kukushkin, Dmitry Popko, Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev.
On the other side, the visiting nation will be represented by Robin Haase, Tallon Griekspoor, Botic van de Zandschulp, Wesley Koolhof and Jean-Julien Rojer. "We were so lucky to beat them in doubles,” Bublik recalled their recent win over Netherlands, via the Davis Cup website.
“It’s different now because it’s four singles and one doubles but [Robin] Haase is in great form and I’m not sure what the conditions will be like in Astana [Nur-Sultan]. “I think on paper we’re better because we have me in the top 50 and Kuku [Mikhail Kukushkin] around 85 but still a solid player but doubles… me and Kuku can’t play all the time. Nedovyesov and Golubev are doing great in Challengers so maybe we have bigger chances than in Madrid”.