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Ferrer beats Fish to put Spain into Davis Cup Semis

In what was arguably the marquee clash in the Davis Cup Quarter-finals this weekend, Spain stunned USA 3-1 in the heart of Texas to book a spot in the last four against France. Spain had pulled off a double shock on Friday winning both singles encounters on the hard courts in Austin, Texas, which were widely anticipated to favour the home side. The Bryan twins gave the US an expected lifeline winning Saturday's doubles encounter to set up an exciting finale on Sunday.

The stage was set for world no.6 David Ferrer and world no.8 Mardy Fish to do battle in the first of the reverse singles, with the in-form American a slight favourite in front of the home fans on his preferred surface. The pair produced a 251 minute marathon encounter with the Spaniard prevailing 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 7-6(5) to put his team 3-1 ahead. The two sides decided to call off the dead final rubber, leaving the fans slightly disappointed, though most would argue that they got their monies worth in the previous match.

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Tipsarevic leads Champions Serbia back into the Davis Cup Semi-finals

janko_tipsarevic2Janko Tipsarevic helped defending champions Serbia book their place in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup with a routine straight sets win against Sweden's Michael Ryderstedt in the first of the reverse singles rubbers on Sunday. Tipsarevic, who had gotten a free pass in the first singles on Friday when opponent Ervin Eleskovic retired after just 1 set, was only really tested in a tight second set, coasting to a comfortable 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win.

A double break had given Tipsarevic the first set with consumate ease, this after he had conceded just 4 points on serve in 4 games. The players traded breaks early in the second before the Serb broke decisively in the 11th game. He served out the set in the following game.

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Davis Cup Quarter-finals Saturday Wrap: France advance, Argentina complete sweep, Sweden still alive

France joined Argentina in the last four of the 2011 Davis Cup by clinching their Doubles rubber against Germany to take an unassailable 3-0 lead. Argentina meanwhile had already made their way into the semi-finals, but left World Group debutants Kazakhstan with the unhappy memory of a 5-0 drubbing on their first ever visit to Buenos Aires. Sweden meanwhile battled back from their 0-2 deficit to keep their hopes alive by clinching their doubles rubber against defending champions Serbia.

Our round-up begins in Stuttgart where the much fancied pairing of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eased past Germany's Christopher Kas and Philipp Petzschner 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. Llodra had practically gifted the German pair a chance to close out the opening set when he double faulted twice in the 11th game to drop serve, but Kas, by far the rookie in this quartet, was unable to hold onto his delivery, allowing the opening set to drift into a tiebreak. The Germans had their chances in the breaker too, but faltered on the big points, allowing France to sneak away with it 7-4. That set the tone for the rest of the tie as a solitary break in each of the following set decided the contest.

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Spain, France take 2-0 lead over US and Germany respectively

It was a good opening day for the away sides in the Davis Cup Quarter-finals on Friday as Spain and France took a strong 2-0 lead on the road against the United States and Germany respectively. Spain's clay court specialists, David Ferrer and Feliciano Lopez were surprisingly stronger than the American powerhouses Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish on the hard courts of Austin, Texas, while the French pairing Richard Gasquet and Gael Monfils produced a solid performance against Florian Mayer and Philipp Kohlschreiber respectively.

The battle of the Wimbledon quarter-finalists Feliciano Lopez and Mardy Fish went the way of the Spaniard as Lopez bounced back from losing the fourth set in a tiebreak to seal the win in 5 hard fought sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 8-6.

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Serbia take 2-0 lead against Sweden, Argentina through to Davis Cup Semis

Defending champions Serbia held a comfortable 2-0 lead against Sweden after the opening round of singles rubbers in Halmstad, Sweden to all but guarantee their participation in the semifinals of the Davis Cup. The Serbs' squad was a bit depleted after World Number 1 Novak Djokovic's late withdrawal with a foot injury, but despite that they were massive favourites going into the tie against a Sweden team which was missing their own number one, world number 5 Robin Soderling.

Viktor Troicki gave much-fancied Serbia a great start in their opening rubber, beating the hosts' Michael Ryderstedt 6-3, 6-1, 6-7, 7-5 on the indoor hardcourt that was chosen as the venue for this tie. Djokovic's replacement, world number 25 Janko Tipsarevic followed suit, looking in control of his match against Ervin Eleskovic before the Swede retired in the early stages of the second set after hurting his knee.

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