Davis Cup Roundup: Canada ousts Spain; Italy advances
Canada d. Spain
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Canada upset a short-handed Spain team Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup for the first time.
Fifteenth-ranked Milos Raonic defeated No. 82 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening reverse singles match to give Canada an insurmountable 3-1 lead.
Five-time champion Spain was missing Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro because of injuries and fatigue.
Canada will next play Italy in April.
Raonic and Frank Dancevic won their opening singles matches Friday to give Canada a 2-0 lead before Spain won the doubles Saturday.
Italy d. Croatia
TURIN, Italy -- Fabio Fognini beat Ivan Dodig in four sets in the decisive singles match on Sunday to give Italy a 3-2 win over Croatia in the Davis Cup and send his country to the quarterfinals for the first time in 15 years.
Fognini recovered from losing the first set, which had five breaks of serve, to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours, 43 minutes.
Dodig racked up 17 aces, but still found himself outplayed by the 44th-ranked Fognini.
Earlier, Marin Cilic had given Croatia hope when he beat Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 to draw Croatia level in the series.
Italy will meet either Spain or Canada in its first quarterfinal since 1998.
Argentina d. Germany
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina completed a 5-0 sweep of Germany on Sunday in their first-round Davis Cup series.
The Argentines reached the quarterfinals on Saturday for the 12th straight time, taking an insurmountable 3-0 lead with a victory in doubles.
Sunday's meaningless reverse singles matches were shortened to three-setters, with Juan Monaco defeating Tobias Kamke 6-4, 7-6 (2), and Carlos Berlocq winning 6-2, 6-4 against Christopher Kas. Argentina will face France in April in Buenos Aires in the quarterfinals.
Serbia d. Belgium
CHARLEROI, Belgium -- Serbia lost both reverse singles matches to Belgium on Sunday after it qualified for the Davis Cup quarterfinals a day earlier.
With top-ranked Novak Djokovic not playing Sunday, Belgium took advantage. David Goffin beat Boris Pashanski 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, and Steve Darcis defeated Nenad Zimonjic 6-2, 6-2.
The two losses left Serbia with a 3-2 victory. It will face the winner of the series between Brazil and the United States.
France d. Israel
ROUEN, France -- Michael Llodra and Richard Gasquet won their reverse singles in straight sets on Sunday as France completed a 5-0 rout of Israel in their first-round Davis Cup match.
Llodra had helped France win Saturday's doubles and had little trouble beating Noam Okun 6-3, 7-6 (5), before Gasquet followed up his win in Friday's opening singles with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win against Amir Weintraub.
France will travel to Argentina in the quarterfinals in April.
Julien Benneteau helped Llodra win the doubles, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won in singles on Friday to score the other point in captain Arnaud Clement's debut since taking over from Guy Forget.
Czech Republic d. Switzerland
GENEVA -- Tomas Berdych needed only around three hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka this time, and lift the Czech Republic to a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup on Sunday.
Back on court after both played in an epic 7 hours, 1 minute doubles match on Saturday, Czech No. 1 Berdych beat Swiss team leader Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the first of the reverse singles rubbers.
Sunday's match took three hours, 15 minutes -- lasting less than half the time of the longest match in Davis Cup history. The defending champion Czechs earned a home quarterfinal against Kazakhstan in April.
Wawrinka extended his run of hard-luck losses in 2013, which began against Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic when he lost 12-10 in the fifth set after 5 hours, 2 minutes.
Kazakhstan d. Austria
ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Kazakhstan pulled off an unexpected victory over Austria on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup.
Andrey Golubev beat Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the reverse singles of the World Group 1st round tie for Kazakhstan to take an insurmountable 3-1 lead, resulting in the entire team breaking into an on-court celebration dance. The last reverse singles will not be played.
Kazakhstan began strongly Friday when Golubev beat Andreas Haider-Maurer in the opening match, and Evgeny Korolev defeated Jurgen Melzer in straight sets.
In Saturday's doubles match, Alexander Peya and Julian Knowle kept Austria's hopes by winning a tightly fought contest against Golubev and Yuriy Schukin. Kazakhstan next plays the Czech Republic away in April.