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Czechs, Italy advance in Davis Cup
15:12 AEST Mon Feb 4 2013

Tomas Berdych had enough energy left after a record-setting doubles match to put defending the champion Czech Republic into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

Meanwhile, Italy beat Croatia in the decisive singles match to also advance from the first round.

Spain, however, will not have a chance to win a sixth title after their short-handed team lost to Canada, which reached the quarter-finals for the first time.

Berdych returned to the court after he and Lukas Rosol won an epic seven-hour match on Saturday - the longest in the history of the Davis Cup.

He needed just over three hours this time to beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (5) and give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

"I was feeling good from the first point and was quite ready for a fifth set," Berdych said.

"I played him (Wawrinka) many times and actually he's not one of the opponents I like to play because he has a dangerous game.

"But for myself, I have to say, that was my best match with him and I'm very happy with that."

The win for the Czechs set up a quarter-final against Kazakhstan, which ousted Austria after Andrey Golubev beat Jurgen Melzer 4-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the first reverse singles for a 3-1 lead.

Italy advanced after Fabio Fognini won the fifth and decisive match in front of the home crowd, beating Ivan Dodig 4-6 6-4 6-4 6-4 to give Italy a 3-2 win over Croatia and sending his country to the quarter-finals for the first time in 15 years.

"It was a crazy victory, but everyone always says I'm crazy," Fognini said.

"I'm extremely, extremely happy, because it was a great match, and also because it was for Italy and everything's different and more emotional."

Italy will play Canada, after 15th-ranked Milos Raonic defeated No.82 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the opening reverse singles match to give his country a 3-1 lead.

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

The United States progressed with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Brazil.

Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci fought back to beat John Isner 2-6 6-4 6-7 (7) 6-4 6-3 and force the tie into a decisive fifth rubber, but Sam Querrey clinched it for the hosts with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 7-6 (3) win over Thiago Alves.

"I fought through the tough points and got breaks in the second, third and fourth sets. I was just happy to get through it," Querrey said.

The US will host Serbia in the next round after the Serbs beat Belgium 3-2.

Argentina completed a 5-0 rout of Germany, while France swept Israel by the same score.


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