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Argentina Leads France; Kazakhstan Stays Alive Against Czechs

World Group Quarter-finals

Zeballos, Nalbandian© Getty ImagesHoracio Zeballos and David Nalbandian won the doubles rubber for Argentina.

Venue: Parque Roca, Buenos Aires, ARG (clay – outdoor)

After losing the first rubber of the tie, Argentina now leads France 2-1 in their Davis Cup quarter-final clash, clinching victory in Saturday’s doubles as David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos defeated Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-3 in just over three hours. 

Four-time runner-up Argentina will look to win the tie and claim a semi-final spot when Juan Monaco takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Sunday’s first reverse singles rubber. Nine-time champion France will need victories from Tsonga and Gilles Simon against Carlos Berlocq if it is to advance to the semi-finals.

Venue: National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (clay – indoor)

Kazakhstan kept its hopes alive against defending Davis Cup champion Czech Republic on Saturday in Astana, winning the doubles rubber as Andrey Golubev and Yuri Schukin defeated Jan Hajek and Radek Stepanek 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-3. Having lost both of Friday’s singles rubbers, the victory gives Kazakhstan a lifeline in this quarter-final tie.

Kazakhstan is bidding to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time in just its third year in the World Group. Two-time champion Czech Republic will look to wrap the tie up in the first of Sunday’s reverse singles, in which Lukas Rosol is due to face Mikhail Kukushkin.

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