Lukas Rosol beat Evgeny Korolev 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-2 to give the Czech Republic an unassailable 3-1 lead over Kazakhstan and propel the defending champions into the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday.
Rosol battled Korolev,who had replaced Kazakh number one Mikhail Kukushkin for the first reverse singles,for more than three-and-a-half hours before sealing the quarter-final tie,played on clay at the National Indoor Tennis Centre in Astana. The Czechs had built up a 2-0 lead after winning both of their singles matches on Friday but the home team avoided an early exit by taking Saturday’s doubles.
The visitors were missing their top player,world number six Tomas Berdych,who pulled out of the tie after injuring his shoulder at last week’s Sony Open in Miami. In September’s semi-finals,the Czechs face Argentina or France. Argentina led their quarter-final 2-1 going into the final day in Buenos Aires on Sunday.
Canada just a win away
Vancouver: Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil won an epic doubles match against Fabio Fognini and Daniele Bracciali in Vancouver on Saturday to give Canada a 2-1 lead over Italy in their Davis Cup quarter-final. After squandering a two-set lead,the Canadians held their nerve in the deciding fifth set to triumph 6-3 6-4 3-6 3-6 15-13 after nearly four and a half hours. The win left Canada needing to win just one of Sunday’s two reverse singles rubbers to reach the elite World Group semi-finals for the first time.
Bryan brothers beaten
Serbia grabbed a 2-1 lead over the United States in Idaho. The Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac pulled off a stunning upset over Bob and Mike Bryan,the world’s top ranked doubles team,7-6 7-6 5-7 4-6 15-13.
The result left the visitors on the verge of victory with world number one Novak Djokovic set to play in the first of Sunday’s two singles matches. Serbia’s non-playing captain Bogdan Obradovic had considered playing Djokovic in the doubles but decided to go with Bozoljac,ranked 338th in the world,to keep his best player fresh. “I know that I had that in myself,” Bozoljac said. “I knew that if I give my 100 per cent for one match,I can play on a really high level and I can match up with these good players.”