Australian Davis Cup team captain Lleyton Hewitt was proud of his team after a hard-fought win over Hungary at the Davis Cup Finals. Australia entered the tie as the favorite but they were made to work hard by the Hungarian team.
In the end, Australia claimed a tight 2-1 win after winning the decisive doubles rubber. “The boys came out ready to play today,” Hewitt said, per the Davis Cup Finals. “Three extremely tough Davis Cup matches out here – every match could have gone either way – but I’m proud of the whole team for getting the job done today”.
The Australian team found themselves in an uncomfortable spot after John Millman suffered a shock loss to Zsombor Piros in the opening rubber of the tie. “It was very tough – it was just the third match of my life on this big stage,” Piros said.
“I didn’t have the routine like my opponent – he’s played more big matches like this. But my captain and team showed me calm in this moment. It was not just my win, it was for my team”.
Hewitt's fought until the end and won
In the second rubber of the tie, Alex de Minaur edged out Marton Fucsovics 7-5 2-6 7-6 (2) to force a deciding rubber.
“This is what Davis Cup matches are all about,” de Minaur said. “You leave it all out there for your country, and you’ve got to be proud of your effort. I was going to leave it all out there whether I won or not.
It was a brutal battle, a great match, a great level by Marton”. In the decisive rubber, Alex Bolt and John Peers beat Fabian Marozsan and Piros 6-3 6-7 (11) 6-3. “It was a tough hard-fought match,” Peers said. “But the boys dug deep, we really stuck together and I think that’s what made the difference today”.