Belgium wins to return to Davis Cup World Group
Steve Darcis beat Carsten Ball 7-6 (4), 6-3, 6-4 and Belgium rallied to beat Australia 3-2 on Monday in a rain-interrupted playoff to return to the Davis Cup World Group.
Australia led 2-1 after winning the doubles match on Saturday, but struggled after former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt injured his wrist and withdrew Sunday from the reverse singles.
Hewitt, who won his opening singles match and helped win the doubles to set a career record for most Davis Cup wins by an Australian, was replaced by Peter Luczak in a singles match that started Sunday and finished Monday.
Olivier Rochus beat Luczak 7-6 (8), 6-4, 6-7 (0), 7-6 (2) to level the playoff at 2-2 before Darcis clinched it for Belgium.