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Australia beats Brazil to qualify for Davis Cup finals

Davis Cup Qualifier - Australia v Brazil

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Team Australia L-R Alex Bolt James Duckworth , John Peers ,Lleyton Hewitt captain ,Jordan Thompson and John Millman with Australian flag during the Davis Cup Qualifier singles match between John Millman of Australia and Thiago Monteiro of Brazil at Memorial Drive on March 07, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

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ADELAIDE, Australia -- Australia has advanced to the Davis Cup Finals in November with a tight 3-1 win over Brazil on hard courts at the Memorial Drive tennis center on Saturday.

John Millman beat Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro 6-7, (6), 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) in the deciding match.

Millman took the court after Australia’s doubles team of James Duckworth and John Peers lost to Brazil’s Marcelo Demoliner and Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (6).

On Friday, Millman came from a set and break down to beat Thiago Seyboth Wild 4-6, 7-6 (0), 6-2 to give Australia its 2-0 lead heading into Saturday’s matches.

Australia was playing without its two top-ranked players. Nick Kyrgios has a left wrist injury that forced him out of a tournament in Mexico and Alex De Minaur aggravated an abdominal injury which sidelined him for last month’s Australian Open.

Australia joins 11 other qualifiers and the 2019 semifinalists -- Canada, Britain, Russia and Spain -- as well as the 2020 wildcards, France and Serbia, in November in Madrid.