DAVIS CUP WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS
Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands Qualify For 2014 Davis Cup World Group
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com provides a round-up of the eight Davis Cup World Group play-off ties on Saturday.
SPAIN 3, UKRAINE 0
Venue: Caja Magica, Madrid, ESP (clay – outdoor)
Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez, who have captured four ATP World Tour doubles titles, teamed up as a Davis Cup pair for the first time to clinch victory. Nadal and Lopez overcame Ukrainians Denys Molchanov and Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2 6-7(6), 6-3, 6-4 in three hours and seven minutes to give five-time champion Spain a 3-0 lead.
SWITZERLAND 3, ECUADOR 0
Venue: Patinoire du Littoral, Neuchatel, SUI (hard – indoor)
Switzerland, contesting their ninth successive World Group play-off, qualified for the elite 16 nations in 2014 after Michael Lammer and Stanislas Wawrinka gave the hosts a 3-0 lead after a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(7), 6-4 win over Ecuadorians Emilio Gomez and Roberto Quiroz.
NETHERLANDS 3, AUSTRIA 0
Venue: Martini Plaza, Groningen, NED (clay – indoor)
Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer struck 94 winners, including 20 aces, past Austrians Oliver Marach and Julian Knowle in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 victory that gave the Netherlands an unassailable 3-0 lead.
CROATIA 1, GREAT BRITAIN 2
Venue: Stadion Stella Maris, Umag, CRO (clay – outdoor)
Andy Murray overcame a sore back to team up with Colin Fleming (pictured above) for the doubles rubber. Last month’s Coupes Roger finalist and childhood friends defeated Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-1 in two hours and 41 minutes. Fleming said, "There were three high quality even the third was good but we got off to that early break lead in the fourth we seemed to cruise from there." Murray is scheduled play Dodig in the first reverse singles rubber on Sunday, followed by Daniel Evans versus Borna Coric.
JAPAN 1, COLOMBIA 2
Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – outdoor)
Colombia improved its chances of reaching the World Group for the first time when Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah beat Japan's Tatsuma Ito and Yuichi Sugita 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. Ito and Sugita committed 51 unforced errors.
GERMANY 2, BRAZIL 1
Venue: Ratiopharm Arena, Ulm/Neu Ulm, GER (hard – indoor)
Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares earned Brazil its first point with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over first-time Davis Cup participants, Daniel Brands and Martin Emmrich, in one hour and 55 minutes. Philipp Kohlschreiber could give Germany an unassailable lead if he beat Thomaz Bellucci on Sunday in the first reverse singles rubber.
POLAND 1, AUSTRALIA 2
Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (clay – indoor)
"Polish Power" Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski (pictured right) required three hours and 33 minutes to beat Chris Guccione and Nick Kyrgios 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4 for Poland’s first point. The duo hit 61 winners, including 15 aces.
BELGIUM 1, ISRAEL 2
Venue: Lotto Arena, Antwerp, BEL (clay – indoor)
There was no play in the tie due to the Israeli holy day of Yom Kippur.
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