Kazaks Complete Dramatic Win; Roddick Wins 12th Tie-Winning Rubber For United States
World Group, First Round
by ATP Staff|
CZECH REPUBLIC 2 KAZAKHSTAN 3
Ostrava, Czech Republic; Hard, Indoor
Kazakhstan completed a remarkable final day comeback on its Davis Cup World Group debut to set up a quarter-final against three-time finalist Argentina.
Inspired by Andrey Golubev's heroics in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday, Mikhail Kukushkin committed just 16 unforced errors to record a 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 6-0 win over Jan Hajek of the Czech Republic in the deciding rubber.
Earlier in the day, Golubev kept alive Kazakhstan's hopes after he beat World No. 7 Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 to level the tie at 2-2. Golubev improved to a 3-6 lifetime record against Top 10 opponents after he hit 15 aces and a whopping 90 winners past his higher-ranked opponent for victory in three hours and 30 minutes.
ARGENTINA 4 ROMANIA 1
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Clay, Outdoor
Three-time former runner-up Argentina and Romania split the two dead rubbers in Buenos Aires on Sunday. Eduardo Schwank, a replacement for David Nalbandian, who has picked up a left leg injury, scored a 7-6(3), 6-2 win over Victor Crivoi of Romania in the fourth rubber, while Adrian Ungur beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in two hours and 23 minutes.
CHILE 1 USA 4
Santiago, Chile; Clay, Outdoors
"My plan was to make him work hard," said Roddick, who is now five singles rubbers shy of John McEnroe's 49 matches played. "I knew I was fresher, I had better legs and that won me the match."
Roddick has now won 12 rubbers to clinch ties for the United States. John Isner beat Guillermo Rivera-Aranguiz 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5 in the fifth dead rubber. The United States will meet Spain after Wimbledon in July.
BELGIUM 1 SPAIN 4
Charleroi, Belgium; Hard, Indoor
Spain, through to the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals for the fifth straight year, extended its lead to 4-0 when World No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-4, 6-2 in 76 minutes in the fourth rubber. Later, Belgian Steve Darcis defeated Feliciano Lopez 67(4), 7-6(6), 7-6(3) in an entertaining fifth dead rubber.