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Sunday, 22 September, 2002, 05:08 GMT 06:08 UK
Australia seal Cup whitewash
Wayne Arthurs
Arthurs sealed the whitewash on Sunday
Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash over India in their Davis Cup qualifying tie.

Playing in Adelaide, the Australians had already won the tie by Saturday after victory in the opening two singles rubbers and the doubles.

But on Sunday Scott Draper and Wayne Arthurs ensured the clean sweep to move their country back into world group.

Draper, filling in for a rested Lleyton Hewitt, confidently overcame Rohanna Bopanna, a replacement for Indian number one Leander Paes, 6-3 7-5.

Arthurs made it 5-0 after coming through a tougher rubber against Harsh Mankad.

The English-based Australian won 6-4 3-6 7-5.

The Netherlands completed a 4-1 victory over Finland in their Davis Cup World Group qualifier with Raemon Sluiter's 6-0 6-3 defeat of Timo Nieminen.

Earlier, Finnish first-string Jarkko Nieminen beat Martin Verkerk 6-2 6-4.

Both reverse singles were shortened to best-of-three sets after the Dutch won Saturday's doubles to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the tie.

The victory assured the Dutch of a World Group berth in 2003, their 12th consecutive season among the top 16 nations.

Switzerland's Roger Federer
Federer sealed victory for Switzerland

Belgium number one Xavier Malisse put his country back into the Davis Cup World Group when he led his side to a 4-1 demolition of Zimbabwe.

He overcame Zimbabwe's Byron Black 6-3 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to add to his victory over Wayne Black in the opening singles on Friday, while Olivier Rochus also defeated Byron.

Gilles Elseneer and Tom Van Toodt lost the doubles to former US Open champions Kevin Ullyett and Wayne Black.

Defeat for Zimbabwe means they face life in the Euro/African zone again next season and where they will have to play without 33-year-old Byron Black, who is set to retire.

Switzerland sealed a 3-2 victory over Morocco thanks to Roger Federer's 6-3 6-2 6-1 defeat of Younes El Aynaoui.

Federer and George Bastl won the doubles on Saturday, but Mounir El Aarej's 6-2 6-3 win over Michel Kratochvil levelled the scores at 2-2.

But Federer, who had beaten Hicham Arazi on Friday, held his nerve to get the decisive win.

Nicolas Kiefer and Rainer Schuettler won their singles matches on Sunday as Germany beat Venezuela 5-0.

The Germans did not drop a set in the five matches against the South Americans after Kiefer beat Kepler Orellana 6-1 7-5 and Schuettler downed Jimy Szymanski 6-3 6-0.

Brazil enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over Canada, with the final singles match on Sunday abandoned due to rain.

Fernando Meligeni and Gustavo Kuerten had given Brazil the perfect start on Friday with singles victories over Frank Dancevic and Daniel Nestor respectively.

They clinched the tie when Kuerten and Andre Sa beat Simon Larose and Nestor in Saturday's doubles and Sa beat Dancevic in Sunday's singles rubber before the rain came.

Andre Pavel's straight-sets win over Dominik Hrbaty gave Romania victory over Slovakia and Victor Hanescu beat Karol Beck in the final rubber to complete a 4-1 triumph.


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