Kazakhstan strike back

  • Last Updated: April 6 2013, 21:59 BST

Latest news from Saturday's action in the Davis Cup World Group quarter-finals.

Andrey Golubev helped Kazakhstan hit back
Andrey Golubev helped Kazakhstan hit back

Kazakhstan hit back on day two of their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final against defending champions Czech Republic in Astana.

Yuriy Schukin and Andrey Golubev beat Radek Stepanek and Jan Hajek 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 6-3 in the doubles to cut the Czech Republic's lead to 2-1.

The Kazakh pair hit back from a break down to win the first set, then took control of the contest in the second with a break in the ninth game.

Stepanek, making his first appearance following neck surgery after the Australian Open, and Hajek faced an uphill battle after losing their first service game in the third set.

And Stepanek's serve was broken again as Schukin and Golubev sealed a two-hour 21-minute victory on their first match point.

The reverse singles take place on Sunday, with Lukas Rosol facing Mikhail Kukushkin, before Hajek meets Golubev.

David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos gave Argentina a 2-1 lead going into the final day of their Davis Cup clash after they came from behind to beat France in four sets at Parque Roca.

The teams resumed at 1-1 after Juan Monaco had levelled the tie following Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's early victory.

Nalbandian and Zeballos have never been defeated as a pairing and against the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra they recorded their third consecutive victory with a 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 7-5 6-3 result.

It was the French pair who started the stronger to take the first set before the hosts levelled at one set all following a tie-break.

The French duo served for the third set before losing four straight games to surrender the advantage as the home crowd got behind Argentina.

Nalbandian and Zeballos kept the momentum going into the fourth and broke serve for a second time in the set to complete the victory.

Monaco is nominated to face Tsonga on Sunday in the first, and potentially decisive, of the reverse singles rubbers as Argentina look for their first victory against France.


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