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Berdych Leads Czechs Into Davis Cup QFs; Nishikori, Golubev Star

Berdych© AFP/Getty ImagesTomas Berdych celebrates winning his third point of the tie for the Czech Republic. provides a round-up of Sunday's action in Davis Cup World Group first round ties.

Cez Arena, Ostrava, Czech Republic

Two-time defending champion Czech Republic won its 10th straight tie to book its place in the quarter-finals against Japan in Tokyo, from 4-6 April. Tomas Berdych, who is currently No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, won his third point of the weekend with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker for an unassailable lead. Igor Sijsling won the dead rubber 6-3, 6-3 over Lukas Rosol. The Czech Republic had been contesting its 200th Davis Cup tie this week.

National Tennis Centre, Astana, Kazakhstan

Andrey Golubev was the hero for Kazakhstan in the deciding rubber against Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans, hitting 40 winners in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-1 victory. David Goffin had taken the tie to the fifth rubber after he recorded his fifth singles rubber win. Having trailed 0-2 on Friday night, Belgium had won two straight rubbers with Goffin hitting 21 aces past Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in three hours and 16 minutes. Kazakhstan travels to Switzerland in the quarter-finals.

Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan

Japan has defeated last year’s semi-finalist Canada and advanced to the World Group quarter-finals for the first time. World No. 18 Kei Nishikori was leading Frank Dancevic 6-2, 1-0, when the Canadian retired due to a stomach muscle injury. "I pulled a stomach muscle," said Dancevic. "I hurt it in a serve in the second set and there was no way I could continue against a player like Kei." Nishikori admitted, "The pressure is always on me to win both singles matches. This time I was able to help win three matches." Go Soeda beat Peter Polansky 6-1, 6-4 in the final dead rubber. Japan and Canada had not previously met since 1938.

Spens Sport Centre, Novi Sad, Serbia

Serbia claimed both dead rubbers on Sunday, a day after Switzerland clinched their first World Group quarter-final berth since 2004. Dusan Lajovic won his second Davis Cup match, defeating Michael Lammer 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Filip Krajinovic also registered a victory for Serbia, turning aside Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 6-4 for just his fifth tour-level win.

Switzerland will host Kazakhstan in the quarter-finals from 4-6 April.

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