Davis Cup: Groth leads Australia to whitewash

Australia secured a 3-0 win over the Czech Republic following a routine doubles win in Saturday's Davis Cup action.

Sam Groth and John Peers eased past Czech pair Jan Satral and Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on the hard courts of Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne. 

"I kept testing them to go out there and make a statement today," Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt told the press afterwards.

"They hardly put a foot wrong the whole day. These boys played extremely well today. That was high qualityThe win moves Australia into the quarter-finals of the World Group, where they face the winner of the United States and Switzerland. The US are currently 2-0 up.

Elsewhere, France dominated Japan 3-0, with Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut defeating Japanese duo Yuichi Sugita and Yusutaka Uchiyama 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in Tokyo earlier in the day.

In other results, Argentina trail Italy 2-0 after Andreas Seppi beat Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(6) and Germany levelled 1-1 with Belgium thanks to Alexander Zverev’s 6-3, 6-3 6-4 win over Arthur De Greef.

Selected Group II ties:

Vietnam 1-1 Hong Kong
Philippines 2-1 Indonesia
Kuwait 1-1 Thailand
South Korea 1-1 Uzbekistan