Aussies thrash Swiss to power into Davis Cup finals

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Australia has whitewashed Switzerland in a must-win tie to roar into the Davis Cup finals.

Lleyton Hewitt’s squad knew they would guarantee their tickets to the eight-team knockout finals in November if they could beat the Swiss 3-0 in the concluding group stage tie in Manchester.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alex de Minaur and the doubles pairing of Matt Ebden and Max Purcell duly obliged with scintillating performances.

It mean the Australians, who finished runners-up in 2022, will be able to return to Málaga in November with their eyes set on going one better than last year by lifting the title for the first time in 20 years since Hewitt led them to victory as a player.

“We gave ourselves a great opportunity last year and the boys got a taste for it,” Hewitt said.

“We want to try and push a little bit harder and see if we can climb that mountain and I feel like I’ve got the boys that are able to do that.”

Hewitt’s key decision to keep faith in Kokkinakis paid off handsomely, with the South Australian defeating Dominic Stricker 6-3, 7-5 in the opening rubber.

Then de Minaur, the Australian number one, continued his proud record in the green and gold by outplaying Marc-Andrea Hüsler, who had been preferred to veteran three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka.

De Minaur triumphed 6-4, 6-3 to seal Australia’s second victory of the week following its 2-1 win over France.

Ebden and Purcell won the third straight rubber of their undefeated week, outclassing Stricker and Hüsler 6-2, 6-4.