Spain out, Czechs through in Davis Cup
By Toby Davis and Nick Mulvenney ,ReutersLONDON -- Top seeds Spain crashed out of the first round of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2006 when Milos Raonic beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez to give Canada an unassailable 3-1 lead in their world group tie on Sunday.
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
The understrength five-time champions had struggled from the start of the tie in Vancouver and Raonic killed them off with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 win over Garcia-Lopez to secure Canada's first ever triumph at this level of the men's team competition.
Holders Czech Republic earlier moved into the quarterfinals with Tomas Berdych outlasting Swiss opponent Stanislas Wawrinka a day after the pair emerged from a marathon doubles encounter.
Berdych enjoyed a comparatively easy 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 victory over Wawrinka, to give the Czechs an insurmountable 3-1 lead, a day after he and Lukas Rosol edged a punishing seven-hour clash with Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 24-22 in the final set.
The Czechs will now travel to Kazakhstan in April after the Central Asian country wrapped up a 3-1 victory over Austria on Sunday.
The United States also fended off a fightback from Brazil in Jacksonville to secure a place in the last eight, where they will meet Serbia.
Sam Querrey finished the job with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 victory over Thiago Alves in the final rubber after Thomaz Bellucci had tied the contest up at 2-2 by battling past big-serving John Isner 2-6, 6-4, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3.
Italy also booked their place in the quarterfinals, where they will meet Canada, after Fabio Fognini beat Croatia's Ivan Dodig in a decisive fifth rubber.