NextGen Star Edmund Clinches Victory For Great Britain
ATPWorldTour.com reviews Sunday's play in Davis Cup World Group quarter-final ties
SERBIA 2, GREAT BRITAIN 3
Venue: Tasmajdan Stadium, Belgrade, SRB (clay - outdoor)
With Wimbledon champion Andy Murray cheering him on from the sidelines, Kyle Edmund completed his heroics for Great Britain on Sunday by prevailing over Dusan Lajovic, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5). Janko Tipsarevic prevailed in a dead rubber over James Ward, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.
The #NextGen star Edmund dropped just seven games in defeating Tipsarevic in the first rubber on Friday. Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray clinched the second point for Great Britain with a four-set win on Saturday over Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic. Great Britain is now on a six-match win streak in Davis Cup and will play Argentina for a spot in the final.
ITALY 1, ARGENTINA 3
Venue: Circolo Tennis Baratoff, Pesaro, ITA (clay - outdoor)
Argentina reached the semi-finals of the Davis Cup for the 11th time after Federico Delbonis defeated Fabio Fognini in the fourth rubber, 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5. Delbonis avenged last month’s five-set loss to Fognini in the opening round of Wimbledon. The final rubber between Andreas Seppi and Juan Monaco was not played.
Delbonis was the hero of the tie for Argentina, recording a four-set win over Seppi on Friday. Juan Martin del Potro and Guido Pella clinched the crucial doubles point on Saturday with a five-set victory over Fognini and Paolo Lorenzi. Argentina has never won the Davis Cup, but has reached the final three times in the past 10 years (2006, 2008, 2011)
CZECH REPUBLIC 1, FRANCE 3
Venue: Werk Arena, Trinec, CZE (hard - indoor)
France reached its fourth Davis Cup semi-final in the past seven years after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Jiri Vesely, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3, 7-5. The win enabled Tsonga to make amends for his five-set opening rubber defeat on Friday to Lukas Rosol. The final rubber between Lukas Rosol and Lucas Pouille was not played.
Pouille enjoyed a successful Davis Cup debut on Friday by defeating Vesely in straight-sets, while Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut clinched the all-important doubles point on Saturday by coming out on top in a five-set battle over Rosol and Radek Stepanek.
UNITED STATES 2, CROATIA 3
Venue: Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, Portland, USA (hard - outdoor)
Croatia sealed a momentous comeback from 0-2 down to book a Davis Cup semi-final clash with France after Marin Cilic and Borna Coric landed victories in their respective reverse singles matches on Sunday. Coric clinched the result in the decisive fifth rubber with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 upset of Jack Sock, making up for a straight-sets dismissal against John Isner on Day 1. Cilic had made amends for his opening loss to Sock, defeating Isner 7-6(9), 6-3, 6-4, to draw the tie level at 2-2.