Australia into Davis Cup finals in Madrid

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              Australia's Alex de Minaur leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing his third round match against Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Australia won its Davis Cup qualifier against Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-0 to secure a spot in this year’s 18-team final in Madrid.

The Australian doubles pair of John Peers and Jordan Thompson defeated Mirza Basic and Tomislav Brkic 7-5, 6-1 on Saturday on hard courts at Memorial Drive to give the home side an unbeatable 3-0 lead.

Alexei Popyrin, in his Davis Cup debut, followed with a 6-1 7-6 (2) victory over Nerman Fatic. The fifth match was not played.

On Friday’s opening day, John Millman and Alex de Minaur gave Australia its 2-0 lead. Millman defeated Damir Dzumhur 6-3 6-2 and de Minaur followed with a 6-3, 7-6 (0) victory over Basic.

Under the new Davis Cup format, the best-of-three matches were played over two days.