DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND 2014
Germany Meets France In Davis Cup QFs; U.S. Stays Alive
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com provides a round-up of Saturday's action in Davis Cup World Group first round ties.
GERMANY 3, SPAIN 0
Fraport Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
Three-time former champion Germany took an unassailable 3-0 lead against Spain, a nation that has lifted Dwight Davis’ silver-gilt trophy on five occasions since 2000. Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber teamed up to beat last year’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals winners, Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero, 7-6(5), 6-7(9), 7-6(7), 6-3 in three hours and 25 minutes. Germany improved to 10-6 overall in ties against Spain. The nation will now travel to France in the quarter-finals.
“There are a lot of tough nations [in the draw] but it’s great fun to be part of a team that’s so hungry and talented," said Haas. "For me time is running out so if there’s going to be a chance it’s possibly going to be this year. I will give everything to participate.”
FRANCE 3, AUSTRALIA 0
Vendéspace, La Roche sur Yon, France
Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who both won singles rubbers for France on Friday, helped the nine-time champion to victory over Australia by winning the doubles rubber 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-2, 7-5 over Chris Guccione and Lleyton Hewitt in three hours. France’s captain Arnaud Clement selected Gasquet and Tsonga ahead of Julien Benneteau and Gael Monfils for the rubber. The nation advanced to the World Group quarter-finals for the fifth straight year.
ARGENTINA 1, ITALY 2
Patinodromo Municipal “Adalberto Lugea”, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Italy moved one step closer to a second consecutive World Group quarter-final appearance after Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli turned aside Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zeballos 6-7(8), 7-6(8), 7-6(3), 6-4 in just over four hours. Argentina has reached the quarter-finals in each year since 2001, but find themselves on the brink of elimination entering Sunday's reverse singles. They will turn to 30 year old Carlos Berlocq in the fourth rubber, against Fabio Fognini.
UNITED STATES 1, GREAT BRITAIN 2
Petco Park, San Diego, U.S.A.
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan gave the United States new hope with a 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot, as the Americans staved off elimination against Great Britain. The top-ranked duo improved to 21-4 together in Davis Cup play with the win. For Mike, it was the 35 year old's 23rd doubles victory in the competition, the most by an American. "We want to thank the crowd for keeping us fired up. It's such a beautiful venue," said the left-hander. "It was a really cool atmosphere."
The Brits will turn to World No. 6 Andy Murray in Sunday's reverse singles as they seek their first quarter-final berth since 1986.