Champs Czechs sail into semis

Champs Czechs sail into semis

The Czech Republic wasted little time wrapping up their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against Japan after the defending champions eased to a straight sets victory in the doubles rubber on Saturday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead here.
 
After battling to singles wins on Friday, Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol paired up for a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tatsuma Ito and Yasutaka Uchiyama at the Ariake Coliseum to set up a last four encounter against either Germany or France.
 
In a match that lasted two hours and 20 minutes, the Czech pairing won all three sets with a break of serve in the 10th game against the error-prone Japanese to remain on course for a third straight Davis Cup title and fourth overall.

Kazakhstan, meanwhile, are on the cusp of a major upset as they head into Sunday’s crunch clashes with a 2-1 lead over their fancied opponents.
 
After Roger Federer had levelled for Swiss with their second match on Friday, the Kazakh pairing of Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov completed a memorable doubles victory over the dream team of Stanislas Wawrinka and Federer 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-6 (8-6).
 
Murray wins
 
Great Britain launched a comeback by winning both the rubbers against Italy to take a 2-1 lead against the hosts in Naples on Saturday. 

After Andy Murray swept aside Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 to level the tie, the doubles pairing of Colin Fleming and Murray eased past Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolleli 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 5-7.

In Nancy, France pulled won the doubles rubber to pull one back against visitors Germany. 
After the Germans had bagged the first day honours taking a 0-2 lead, Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra defeated Andre Beegeman and Tobias Kamke 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5.

Quarterfinal results: At Tokyo: Japan trail Czech Republic 0-3 (Tatsuma Ito/ Yasutaka lt to Radek Stepanek/ Lukas Rosol 4-6, 4-6, 4-6); At Naples: Italy trails Great Britain 1-2 (Andreas Seppi lt to Andy Murray 6-4, 7-5, 6-3; Simone Bolleli/ Fabio Fognini lt to Colin Fleming/ Andy Murray 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 5-7); At Geneva: Switzerland trails Kazakhstan 1-2 (Stanislas Wawrinka/ Roger Federer lt to Andrey Golubev/ Aleksandr Nedovyesov 4-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-7 (6-8)); At Nancy: France trails Germany 1-2 (Julien Benneteau/ Michael Llodra bt Andre Begeman/ Tobias Kamke 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 7-5).