The 18-nation lineup for the 2020 Davis Cup is set, with the qualifying round for the competition coming to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday.
The biggest surprise of the day saw Belgium, who have made two of the previous five finals, fail to make the cut, as they were upset 3-2 by Hungary. In others shocks, Japan and Argentina were eliminated by Ecuador and Colombia, respectively.
Top seeds Croatia made it into the 18-team bracket, winning 3-1 against India. The United States had no issues in their rubbers, either, coasting to a 4-0 success over Uzbekistan.
Davis Cup Qualifying Round Results
Croatia 3-1 India
Hungary 3-2 Belgium
Colombia 3-1 Argentina
United States 4-0 Uzbekistan
Australia 3-1 Brazil
Italy 4-0 South Korea
Germany 4-1 Belarus
Kazakhstan 3-1 Netherlands
Slovakia 1-3 Czech Republic
Austria 3-1 Uruguay
Japan 0-3 Ecuador
Sweden 3-1 Chile
Match results in full area available via the Davis Cup website.
Following the conclusion of Saturday's matches, the Finals' Twitter account confirmed the 18 teams that will fight it out for the trophy later this year:
The Davis Cup Twitter account shared a clip of some of the best shots from the qualifiers:
It will be a surprise not to see Belgium in contention given they have been regular challengers in recent years.
After Friday's play, they were locked at 1-1 with Hungary, and on Saturday, they were unable to lift their levels. After winning the doubles, Belgium were in control, but Attila Balazs secured a comfortable win over Kimmer Coppejans to tie the match.
It meant Hungary's Marton Fucsovics would meet Ruben Bemelmans in the deciding match. After falling behind, Fucsovics recovered to win 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-2. This is the moment victory was confirmed:
"I'm the happiest person in the world right now," Fucsovics said after securing Hungary's first-ever appearance at the Davis Cup finals, per the competition website. "This is a huge achievement for my career and for my country to get to Madrid. I can't wait."
Hungary will be one of five countries making their debut in the finals, with Austria, Czech Republic, Ecuador and Sweden also making it through for the first time.
The United States coasted into the finals, with iconic doubles duo Bob and Mike Bryan picking up a win in their final Davis Cup match. Unsurprisingly, the veteran pair celebrated their success with gusto:
Meanwhile, Germany were able to advance, putting a difficult Friday behind them to breeze past Belarus.
Spain, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, France and Serbia had already qualified for the finals, which will take place at Caja Magica in Madrid between November 23 and 29.