Serbia cruise into Davis Cup last eight

  • Last Updated: February 2 2013, 23:01 GMT

World number one Novak Djokovic needed to play just one match as Serbia completed a comprehensive victory over Belgium in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie today.

Novak Djokovic: Helped Serbia progress
Novak Djokovic: Helped Serbia progress

Djokovic had done his bit with victory over Olivier Rochus in yesterday's second singles after Viktor Troicki had beaten David Goffin, and the Australian Open champion could sit back and watch Saturday's doubles as Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic saw off Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis in four sets.

That gave Serbia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie in Charleroi, with Djokovic likely to sit out tomorrow's dead rubbers.

France also wrapped up an easy triumph over Israel, with Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra thrashing Jonathan Erlich and Dudi Sela in this afternoon's doubles.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet had beaten Amir Weintraub and Sela respectively in yesterday's singles.

Austria kept their hopes alive against Kazakhstan with a doubles victory for Julian Knowle and Alexander Peya, who defeated Andrey Golubev and Yuriy Schukin 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 7-6 (7/3).

Kazakhstan will take a 2-1 lead into Sunday's singles in Astana.

Argentina also advanced to the quarter-finals after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead over Germany in Buenos Aires.

Following singles wins for Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco, David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos combined for a doubles victory over Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke, winning 6-1 6-4 5-7 6-2.

Italy will take a 2-1 lead into the final day of their tie with Croatia in Turin after Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini beat Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 3-6 6-1 6-3 7-6 (13/11).

The most dramatic game of the day undoubtedly came in Geneva, where defending champions the Czech Republic claimed a 2-1 lead over Switzerland after a seven-hour epic.

Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol eventually overcame Stanislas Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-7 (3/7) 24-22 in a match featuring 250 winners, 51 aces and just six break points converted from a possible 38.

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