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Ilya Ivashka sends Belarus into Davis Cup World Cup playoff

The long-awaited victory for all tennis fans in Belarus. After 10 years, Belarus' national tennis team is back to the playoffs the World Group of the Davis Cup!

Ilya Ivashka won the decisive match against Austria confidently beating Gerald Melzer.

The final score in the series against the Austrians became 3:1 in favor of Belarus.

The World Group playoff draw will be held in London on April 11.

Vladimir Voltchkov, captain of Belarusian tennis team:
I think today I am not the only person in the country who is satisfied with the result. At least one is still here, and then a whole bunch of people in the locker room. I know that all Belarusian tennis public and all sports fans in general are happy.

Alexander Shakutin, chairman of the Belarusian Tennis Federation:
I did not doubt to be honest. Because our tennis players are very motivated, I knew that they would fight to the last ball. Today the fitness and the professional level of Belarusian players is so high that they can turn the match at any time. If they are losing they can turn the game around.

Ilya Ivashka sends Belarus into Davis Cup World Cup playoff