Staked by singles victories from Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz, the U.S. Davis Cup team defeated Kazakhstan today in Glasgow, 2-1, to move to 2-0 in Group Stage play and put itself one step closer to qualifying for the ultimate Davis Cup Final stage in Malaga, Spain.
The Americans sit atop Group D and will qualify for Malaga in November if the Netherlands beats Great Britain on Friday in Glasgow. If Great Britain wins that tie, the U.S. will need to beat the Netherlands on Saturday to ensure its advancement. Should Great Britain beat the Netherlands and Kazakhstan and the Netherlands then beat the U.S., there would be a three-way tie atop the group, and percentage of matches, sets and games won -- not head-to-head competition -- would be the tiebreakers that would determine the two nations advancing.
Complete Team USA results and the remaining schedule in Glasgow:
United States 2, Great Britain 1
Tommy Paul, USA d. Daniel Evans, GBR, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4;
Cameron Norrie, GBR d. Taylor Fritz, USA, 2-6, 7-6(2), 7-5
Rajeev Ram / Jack Sock, USA d. Andy Murray / Joe Salisbury, GBR, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5
United States 2, Kazakhstan 1
Tommy Paul, USA d. Mikhail Kukushkin, KAZ, 6-1, 6-4
Taylor Fritz, USA d. Alexander Bublik, 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-3
Bublik / Aleksandr Nedovyesov, KAZ d. Rajeev Ram / Jack Sock, USA, 6-2, 7-6(6)
Friday, September 16, 11 a.m. ET
Great Britain v. Netherlands
Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m. ET
USA v. Netherlands, Tennis Channel
Sunday, September 18, 9 a.m. ET
Great Britain vs. Kazakhstan
Sixteen total nations—four groups of four—are playing in the round-robin-style Group Stage this week, and the top two nations in each group will advance to Malaga. The three other groups are playing in Valencia, Spain; Bologna, Italy; and Hamburg, Germany.
The U.S. team in Glasgow features:
No. 12 Taylor Fritz, the top-ranked American in singles
No. 29 Tommy Paul, the No. 3-ranked American in singles
World doubles No. 2 Rajeev Ram, the two-time reigning US Open doubles champion
Former doubles No. 2 and singles No. 8 Jack Sock, a three-time Grand Slam doubles champion
Bob Bryan, a 2007 Davis Cup champion who competed in 31 ties for the U.S. from 2003-20, will serve as acting Captain in place of Mardy Fish for the U.S. in Glasgow.