Kazakh Davis Cup Team Captain Yuriy Schukin insisted that it wasn't easy against Netherlands though his team didn't even need a deciding rubber to seal the victory. Kazakhstan hosted Netherlands on an indoor-hard surface in Nur-Sultan -- in a Davis Cup qualifying round tie -- and didn't disappoint the local fans as they beat the Dutch side 3-1 to secure a place for the Davis Cup Finals.
"That was a very difficult match between our team and Netherlands, and of course we’re very happy that we won,” Kazakh Captain Schukin said, per the Davis Cup website. “We knew it was not going to be easy.
Netherlands are a very strong and very experienced team and after the first day we didn’t know what to expect." Robin Haase gave the visitors an early lead after he beat Mikhail Kukushkin in the opening rubber of the tie, but rising Kazakh star Alexander Bublik overpowered Tallon Griekspoor in the following rubber to level the tie to one-win apiece.
On the second day of the tie, Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov beat Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer in the doubles rubber before Bublik beat Haase in the fourth rubber to give the hosts the crucial third win and close out the tie.
"I’m happy for myself, for my team, for the federation,” Schukin claimed. “It’s very important to be in the Finals again in Madrid and I just can’t wait to go out there with the team and do our be."