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By Chris Oddo

Raonic gets excited about Davis Cup (February 3, 2013) -- Take a twirl around the globe with us as we recap the first round of Davis Cup World Group play. Erik Gudris is covering the American tie against Brazil. Click here for the details on that tie.

Czech Republic d. Switzerland, 3-2

Tomas Berdych broke the heart of the Swiss faithful on Saturday when he and Lukas Rosol won the longest match in Davis Cup history, 24-22 in the fifth set against Stan Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli. After the seven hour and two minute marathon, Berdych got back on court Sunday and proceeded to smash the aforementioned Swiss heart to a million tiny pieces when he defeated Wawrinka in a tight four-setter, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).

Berdych, now a remarkable 17-1 in Davis Cup doubles rubbers, will lead the defending champions against Kazakhstan in the quarterfinals. The Swiss, meanwhile, will have to hope that Roger Federer will help them find their way to back to the World Group later this season.

Serbia d. Belgium, 3-2

Viktor Troicki set the tone emotionally for the visiting Serbs when he stormed back from a two-set deficit against David Goffin to win 1-6, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 in Charleroi. Novak Djokovic followed with a win, and the Serbs clinched on Saturday when Troicki paired with Nenad Zimonjic to capture the doubles rubber.

Italy d. Croatia, 3-2

Fabio Fognini’s four-set victory over Ivan Dodig in the decisive fifth rubber booked a spot for Italy in the World Group quarterfinals for the first time in fifteen years. Fognini’s handiwork in Turin nullified a heroic effort by Marin Cilic, who won all three rubbers he contested, including a straight-set victory over Andreas Seppi that drew Croatia even with Italy at two apiece on Sunday. Italy will travel to play Canada in the quarterfinals. The two nations have never met before.

France d. Israel 5-0

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and the formidable doubles duo of Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra all played important roles as France won 13 of 14 sets contested against the Israelis at Rouen. The decisive victory for the French side sets up a delectable quarterfinal tie to be played at Argentina.

Argentina d. Germany, 5-0

Even without Juan Martin del Potro the Argentinean squad blanked the Germans, thanks to the inspired play of Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco. Things started poorly for the Germans when Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to retire from the tie’s first rubber late in the fifth set, and they only got worse from there.

Kazakhstan d. Austria 3-1

In the upset of the weekend, Andrey Golubev went 2-0, including a tie-clinching 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 thumping of Jurgen Melzer in Astana, Kazakhstan. After breaking through to the World Group for the first time in 2011, the Kazakh squad has now reached the quarterfinals in two of the last three seasons.

Canada d. Spain 3-2

Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez helped the undermanned Spanish team stave off elimination in Vancouver on Saturday, but an inspired Milos Raonic walloped Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in straight sets to ensure Canada’s first trip to the World Group quarterfinals in the nation’s Davis Cup history. Raonic followed a 26-ace, four-set victory over Albert Ramos on Friday over with today’s 22-ace, tie-clinching win over Garcia-Lopez, but the real hero of the tie may have been Frank Dancevic, who hammered Marcel Granollers on Friday to put Spain on the brink, losing only five games in the process.
(Photo Credit: Daviscup.com)


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