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Federer Leads Switzerland To Win; Germany, Israel Wins Deciding Rubbers

Stebe© AFP/Getty ImagesCedrik-Marcel Stebe has a 2-1 record in Davis Cup singles rubbers for Germany. reviews the eight Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off ties on Sunday.

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Netherlands (clay – outdoor)
World No. 1 Roger Federer improved to a 61-8 record on the season after he beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to keep Switzerland in the World Group. Federer has a 32-7 mark in singles rubbers since his debut in 1999. Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker won the dead singles rubber 6-2, 7-6(4) in 81 minutes over Marco Chiudinelli.

Rothenbaum Stadium, Hamburg, Germany (clay – outdoor)
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe and Florian Mayer completed Germany’s 3-2 win over Australia with victories in the reverse singles rubbers. Mayer levelled the score at 2-2 by beating Australian Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 in 91 minutes, while Stebe proved nerveless in a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 win over Australia’s most-capped player, Hewitt, in two hours and five minutes.

Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan (hard – outdoor)
Amir Weintraub won two singles rubbers over the weekend to help Israel gain promotion into the World Group. Weintraub won the deciding rubber over Japan’s Go Soeda 6-3, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 in three hours and 23 minutes. In the first reverse singles rubber, Kei Nishikori returned from a shoulder injury on Friday to battle past Dudi Sela of Israel 6-3, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in four hours and 31 minutes. World No. 16 Nishikori made 102 unforced errors.

Israel captain Eyal Ran said, "This was an amazing tie. Everybody fought so hard. All the players on the court today were heroes. The Japanese did everything they could. We are very happy with this victory because it puts up back in the World Group where I think we deserve to be."

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National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan (clay – indoor)
Mikhail Kukushkin won his second singles rubber of the weekend to keep Kazakhstan in the World Group for the third straight year. Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev watched as Kukushkin defeated World No. 34 Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2 in three hours and four minutes. The fifth dead singles rubber was not played.

Tennis Club Napoli, Napoli, Italy (clay – outdoor)
Italy secured its spot in the 2013 World Group after Andreas Seppi defeated Paul Capdeville of Chile 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 in 92 minutes to give the host nation an unassailable 3-1 lead. Italy returned to the World Group this year after an 11-year absence. Simone Bolelli beat Chilean Christian Garin 6-4, 6-3 over 72 minutes in the dead fifth rubber.

"Our goal before this tie was to win this match to stay in the World Group - for us that was very important,” Seppi said. “Now we have to wait for the draw for next year. But we are very confident, we think we have a good team. When we are 100 per cent, we for sure are a tough team to beat.”

Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Canada (hard – outdoor)
Canada has consolidated its place in the World Group after Milos Raonic beat Izak van der Merwe of South Africa 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes to clinch an unassailable 3-1 lead. Frank Dancevic defeated Nikala Scholtz 6-2, 6-2 in the dead rububber. South Africa has lost its past six World Group play-offs ties and has not played in the elite 16-nation group since 1998.

Royal Primerose Tennis Club, Brussels, Belgium (clay – outdoor)
Belgium secured its place in the World Group on Saturday, but David Goffin and Steve Darcis completed a 5-0 victory over Sweden with victories in the dead singles rubbers. Goffin beat Swede Markus Eriksson 6-3, 6-4, while Darcis overcame Andreas Vinciguerra 6-4, 6-2.

Venue: Harmonia Tenis Clube, Sao Jose do Rio Preto, BRA (clay – outdoor)
After clinching its place in the World Group with Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares' win in doubles action Saturday, Brazil completed the sweep against Russia with straight-sets wins in the dead singles rubbers Sunday. Thomaz Bellucci defeated Alex Bogomolov Jr. 7-6(4), 6-3 and Rogerio Dutra Silva followed with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Stanislav Vovk.

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