Serbia and Britain into final eight at Davis Cup

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MADRID (Information) – Serbia sealed their place within the Davis Cup quarter-finals in easy vogue however Britain survived one other nailbiter earlier than becoming a member of them within the last-eight on Thursday.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 21, 2019 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates profitable his match in opposition to France’s Benoit Paire Information/Sergio Perez

Filip Krajinovic’s 7-5 7-6 win over France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga successfully assured Serbia’s path from Group A earlier than Novak Djokovic beat Benoit Paire 6-Three 6-Three to place them 2-Zero forward.

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues-Herbert claimed a comfort win for France within the doubles however final yr’s runners-up, together with 2018 champions Croatia, miss out.

Britain’s Group E decider in opposition to Kazakhstan went to the wire with doubles duo Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski edging Leon Smith’s facet dwelling for the second day operating.

Former world primary Andy Murray was given a break day after his close to three-hour win in opposition to Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor 24 hours earlier however his alternative Kyle Edmund beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-Three 6-Three.

Bublik beat Dan Evans 5-7 6-Four 6-1 to degree the tie and lift hopes among the many vociferous Kazakh followers however Murray and Skupski, cheered on by a big British fan membership, simply beat Bublik and Kukushkin 6-1 6-Four to seal a 2-1 win.

Germany made positive of high spot in Group C as veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Chile’s Nicolas Jarry within the opening rubber of their tie on Thursday. A 2-1 win for the Germans meant they certified in first place forward of Argentina.

Argentina survived as one of many two greatest runners-up.

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After 18 ties unfold over three and a half hectic days at La Caja Magica, the quarter-final line-up is now full.

Canada face Australia in Thursday’s night session with the opposite three quarter-finals — Serbia v Russia, Spain v Argentina and Britain v Germany happening on Friday.

Whereas there have been loads of teething issues for the inaugural model of the revamped Davis Cup, the knockout section appears attractive as world primary Rafael Nadal bids to guide Spain to the title on dwelling soil.

Djokovic, the person he knocked off the rankings high spot this month, additionally appears hungry to finish his yr on a excessive although.

The 32-year-old, who impressed his nation to the title in 2010, is now on a 14-match profitable streak in Davis Cup singles.

“It was necessary simply to win each match and we did that after singles,” Djokovic informed reporters. “I believe each Filip and I are in superb kind. There are loads of high quality groups right here, however I believe now we have had an ideal rating to date with profitable all of the units and hopefully we will hold going.”

Thursday’s schedule went much more easily than the earlier two days when play completed within the small hours, attracting criticism concerning the new Davis Cup format.

The earlier night time the U.S. and Italy contested what was successfully a lifeless doubles rubber till 4am.

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“I heard concerning the 4am end,” Djokovic mentioned. “I believe it was at all times going to occur, realizing that you’ve got 18 groups and also you’re making an attempt to squeeze all the pieces in a single week.”

The Worldwide Tennis Federation voted to vary the format in 2018 in partnership with Spanish funding firm Kosmos who’ve pledged $Three billion over 25 years.

The World Group, which featured dwelling and away ties throughout the yr earlier than a November remaining, has now been changed by an 18-nation showpiece in a single metropolis.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Modifying by Toby Davis