DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND 2014
Berdych Leads Czechs Into Davis Cup QFs; Nishikori, Golubev Star
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com provides a round-up of Sunday's action in Davis Cup World Group first round ties.
CZECH REPUBLIC 3, NETHERLANDS 2
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.
KAZAKHSTAN 3, BELGIUM 2
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.
JAPAN 4, CANADA 1
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.
SERBIA 2, SWITZERLAND 3
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.