Israel’s tennis team in surprise win over Japan in Davis Cup, moves to finals playoff

Team scores 3:2 win in Tel Aviv, coming back from behind to snatch victory at the end of five singles matches

Israel's national tennis team celebrates after defeating Japan in the Davis Cup, September 17, 2023. (Israel Tennis Association)
Israel's national tennis team celebrates after defeating Japan in the Davis Cup, September 17, 2023. (Israel Tennis Association)

Israel’s national tennis team scored a surprise win against Japan in the prestigious Davis Cup Sunday, advancing to playoffs that could see it reach the tournament’s final 16.

Israel finished the day with a 3:2 win against Japan in Tel Aviv, coming back from behind to snatch victory at the end of the five singles matches.

Saturday had seen the two teams draw at 1:1, but Israel fell behind on Sunday 2:1, before players Daniel Zukerman and Yishai Oliel both won their respective matches to secure a win for the national team.

Japan’s chances of reaching the finals have been reduced dramatically, though it will still have a chance to save itself, facing other teams.

Meanwhile, Israel’s next rival will be determined later this week.

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