Murray Tennis Davis Cup
DAVIS CUP FIRST ROUND 2015© Getty ImagesAndy Murray led Great Britain to a second straight defeat of the United States.
GREAT BRITAIN 3, USA 2
Emirates Arena, Glasgow, GBR (hard – indoor)
Nine-time former champion Great Britain defeated the United States, the 32-time former titlist, for the second straight year in the World Group. They will square off with France in the quarter-finals.
World No. 5 Andy Murray improved to 12-3 on the season when he beat American John Isner 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(4) to give Great Britain an unassailable 3-1 lead in front of 7, 000 spectators in Glasgow.
"It was an incredible experience, " said Murray. "Playing in front of a home crowd is a bit more pressured, especially today, but I managed to fight my way through the first set and played really well after that."
KAZAKHSTAN 3, ITALY 2
National Tennis Centre, Astana, KAZ (hard – indoor)
Nedovyesov notched his first Davis Cup singles win by beating No. 22-ranked Fabio Fognini of Italy 7-6(5), 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in three hours and 41 minutes. Fognini beat Rafael Nadal en route to a runner-up at the recent Rio Open presented by Claro (l. to Ferrer).
Kazakhstan had started the day at 1-2 against Italy, the 1976 champion.
Mikhail Kukushkin took the tie to a fifth rubber when he defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6(8), 6-0, 6-4. Seppi committed 55 unforced errors in the encounter that lasted just over two hours.
CZECH REPUBLIC 2, AUSTRALIA 3
Cez Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)
Australia will host the Kazakhs in the World Group quarter-finals after Bernard Tomic guided the Aussies to a 3-1 win over Czech Republic in Ostrava. Tomic needed two hours and 13 minutes to dispatch Lukas Rosol 7-6(4), 6-3, 7-6(5), securing three breaks in four chances.
Australia advances to the quarters for the first time since 2006. The 28-time Davis Cup champion rode the success of young guns Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis, who rallied from two sets down to defeat Rosol on Friday in his first live rubber. Tomic, meanwhile, improved his singles win-loss record to 14-2 overall and remained unbeaten on hard courts.
"I was playing confident and consistent and that was the key in today's match, " said Tomic. "I couldn't be happier with how I did today.
"We're thrilled with the way we played here. Looking forward to the quarters we play Kazakhstan which is a huge opportunity for us. This last week was amazing."