Serbia will host the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final on November 15th. Serbia overcame an inspired performance by Canada to win their semifinal tie 3-2, while the Czech Republic cruised against Argentina, sealing the tie after the second day and winning 3-2.
But the weekend wasn’t just about the Davis Cup final. Great Britain is back into the World Group for the first time since 2008 with a big help from Andy Murray, who won both of his singles matches, and stepped into doubles with Colin Fleming to have a hand in the three points against Croatia.
Murray wasn’t the only big name to play doubles this weekend. Rafael Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka helped secure their teams a spot in the World Group by playing doubles and getting a win. And in a true team effort, Australia is back into the World Group for the first time since 2007 thanks to some strong play from Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt.
The 2014 World Group will consist of the following teams: Serbia, Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Great Britain, Argentina, Canada, France, U.S.A., Japan, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, and Kazakhstan.
Here are some of our favorite photos from another dramatic weekend:
Rafael Nadal: Tired? Who’s tired? The U.S. Open champion arrived in Madrid on Wednesday, played his first clay match since the French Open on Friday, and then teamed up with his good friend Marc Lopez to clinch the tie for Spain in a doubles win on Saturday. This tennis thing is remarkably easy. (Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images)
Canadian Davis Cup fans: How do you even get those things through customs? (AFP/Customs)
Andy Murray and Ross Hutchins: Andy the cheerleader. All that’s missing is a drum. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt: Tomic was the man of the weekend, winning both his singles matches against Poland to help put Australia back into the World Group.
Donna Vekic: The young Croatian was in Umag, Croatia to help cheer on her home side against Great Britain. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Mariusz Frystenberg: Frystenberg and his partner Marcin Matkowski got Poland’s only point over the weekend in doubles. (Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
Team Belgium: A big effort from Steve Darcis helped keep Belgium in the World Group.
Team Australia: Champy, Champy, Champy! Oi! Oi! Oi! (Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images)
Kei Nishikori: Japan’s No. 1 won both his singles matches but it was his teammate Go Soeda played hero, beating Alejandro Falla in the fifth rubber to put Japan into the World Group. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty Images)
Novak Djokovic: Nadal and Murray did some heavy lifting this weekend, but it was Djokovic who had to defeat a top 15 player to help get his team through. He beat Milos Raonic, 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-2.
Team GB: Andy Murray’s face. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)