Americans advance past Brazil in Davis Cup

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Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates after defeating Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to help claim an upset in the first round.  DARRYL DYCK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Canada's Milos Raonic celebrates after defeating Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to help claim an upset in the first round.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday to give the United States a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brazil and a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

The U.S. will host Serbia in the next round in Boise, Idaho, from April 5-7.

Querrey stepped up after teammate John Isner lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to Thomaz Bellucci earlier Sunday, forcing a deciding fifth match. It was the first time since 2000 that a U.S. team needed to win the fifth match to advance.

CANADA 3, SPAIN 1

In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada upset a short-handed Spain team Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup for the first time.

Fifteenth-ranked Milos Raonic defeated No. 82 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the opening reverse singles match to give Canada an insurmountable lead.

Five-time champion Spain was missing Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro because of injuries and fatigue.

ITALY 3, CROATIA 2

In Turin, Italy, Fabio Fognini beat Ivan Dodig in four sets in the decisive singles match to give Italy a win over Croatia in the Davis Cup and send his country to the quarterfinals for the first time in 15 years.

Fognini recovered from losing the first set, which had five breaks of serve, to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours, 43 minutes.

Dodig racked up 17 aces, but still found himself outplayed by the 44th-ranked Fognini.

Earlier, Marin Cilic had given Croatia hope when he beat Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 to draw Croatia level in the series.

ARGENTINA 5, GERMANY 0

In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Argentines completed a sweep of Germany on Sunday in their first-round Davis Cup series.

The Argentines reached the quarterfinals on Saturday for the 12th straight time, taking an insurmountable 3-0 lead with a victory in doubles.

Sunday’s meaningless reverse singles matches were shortened to three-setters, with Juan Monaco defeating Tobias Kamke 6-4, 7-6 (2), and Carlos Berlocq winning 6-2, 6-4 against Christopher Kas. Argentina will face France in April in Buenos Aires in the quarterfinals.

CZECH REPUBLIC 3,
SWITZERLAND 1

In Geneva, Tomas Berdych needed only around three hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka this time, and lift the Czech Republic to a victory over Switzerland

KAZAKHSTAN 3, AUSTRIA 1

In Astana, Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan pulled off an unexpected victory over Austria on to advance.

Andrey Golubev beat Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the reverse singles of the World Group 1st round tie for Kazakhstan to take an insurmountable 3-1 lead.


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