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The second United Cup final will be contested by Poland and Germany after both won their respective semi-finals yesterday.

Poland, in particular, was superb. They defeated France via a clean sweep, with Iga Swiatek and Hubert Hurkacz remaining undefeated in singles this week.

Hurkacz defeated Adrian Mannarino in straight sets to start the tie off in the best possible way.

His first serve in particular played a major role, as he only lost 5 points behind it throughout the whole 6-3 7-5 victory.

Swiatek, however, had to come back from a set down to beat world number 20 Caroline Garcia in three sets.

The four-time major champion admitted she had to make adjustments to her tactics before getting the 4-6 6-1 6-1 win.

She said, "Mentally, I needed to make a big adjustment because I was being impatient. I was making bad decisions, and I needed to be more composed.”

Poland will now play Germany in the final after they beat Australia in a thrilling tie that went early this morning.

Angelique Kerber claimed the first win since her comeback from maternity leave against Ajla Tomjlanovic in a match that went for over two and a half hours.

The match was up and down throughout, with the German coming back from a set down before almost losing after being a break up in the third set.

She saved two match points in the final set tiebreak to claim an exciting 4-6 6-2 7-6 win, which gave her nation a 1-0 lead.

The German was visibly ecstatic. She said, “It’s my first singles win since coming back, and it’s a great feeling."

The men’s singles were a similar situation, with another epic being played out.

This time Australia got the job done, with Alex De Minaur beating Alexander Zverev for only the second time in his career after coming back from a setdown.

It is now the third straight top win the demon has achieved this week, which has now confirmed his place in the ATP top 10 for the first time next week.

The Aussie was able to come back and win 5-7 6-3 6-4 to level the tie at 1-1 and give Australia a chance to qualify for the final.

De Minaur acknowledged that moving into the top 10 was a great achievement, but not his pinnacle.

“It’s what I’ve worked so hard for; it’s another milestone... but the job’s not done... We keep improving; we keep working. It’s going to be a fun Aussie summer,” he said.

The mixed doubles decided this tie and who would contest the trophy against Poland the following night.

Germany were able to win it, with Laura Siegmund and Alexander Zverev getting a second win in as many nights.

They beat the accomplished doubles pairing of Storm Hunter and Matt Ebden in another epic, 7-7, 6-7, 15-13.

Zverev, who had lost his singles match before backing up for the doubles, was relieved.

He said, "After the singles match, it was obviously disappointing, but I thought the level of the match was extremely high... but we were still in the tie and we still had a chance to win it, and I'm happy that we did that today."

The final, contested by Poland and Germany, will be played at 5:30pm AEDT tonight, and it is shaping up to be another interesting matchup.


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