05 Feb 2018

Davis Cup by BNP Paribas quarterfinals set

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Photo: Corinne DubreuilFrench team

Reigning Davis Cup by BNP Paribas champion France and 2017 finalist Belgium endured testing starts to their 2018 campaigns, but both held firm to take up their spots in April’s quarterfinals.

Both nations won the tie in the fourth rubber, with France coming back from 0-1 down to defeat Netherlands 3-1 in Albertville and Belgium recovering from the loss of the doubles rubber in Liege to defeat Hungary courtesy of David Goffin’s four-set victory over Martin Fucsovics.

The top two seeds in this year’s World Group were joined by Italy, Spain, Germany, Kazakhstan, Croatia and USA in the last eight.

France, who could thank four of its five-man team for picking up points in its victory over the Dutch, will travel to Italy for a ninth straight appearance in the Davis Cup quarterfinals after the Italians battled past Japan.

Fabio Fognini was the hero of the tie for the visitors in Morioka, winning both of his singles rubbers in five sets either side of a four-set doubles victory alongside Simone Bolelli.

Spain, who overcame a surprisingly stern showing from Great Britain to record a 3-1 victory in their first home time in five years in Marbella, was rewarded with another home tie against Germany in the last eight.

The Germans completed a 3-1 win over Australia in Brisbane after Alexander Zverev won both of his singles – defeating Alex De Minaur in a thrilling five setter before swatting aside Nick Kyrgios in the fourth rubber – either side of a five-set doubles win for Tim Puetz and Jan-Lennard Struff.

Croatia will host Kazakhstan in a first meeting between the two nations after both recorded fine victories over Canada and Switzerland, respectively. Borna Coric starred for Croatia with two singles wins in Osijek, but the tie was arguably won on the doubles – when Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig came back from 0-2 down to defeat Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in five.

The Kazakhs wrapped up their tie on Saturday after Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov overcame Mar-Andrea Huesler and Luca Margaroli in five sets.

USA will face Belgium for a fifth time – and will have high hopes of victory having never lost to the Belgians. Jim Courier’s men all contributed a point in their win over Serbia, after singles wins for Sam Querrey and John Isner and a four-set doubles triumph for Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson.

Catch up all the World Group first round action below: 

France 3-1 Netherlands
Japan 1-3 Italy
Spain 3-1 Great Britain
Australia 1-3 Germany
Kazakhstan 4-1 Switzerland
Croatia 3-1 Canada
Serbia 1-3 USA
Belgium 3-2 Hungary