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17:50  21 november  2019
17:50  21 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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Hosts Spain made smooth progress into the last eight of the Davis Cup Finals but elsewhere in La Britain's three-time Grand Slam champion returned to Davis Cup action for the first time since 2016 Novak Djokovic, who Nadal piped to the year-end top ranking, helped get Serbia up and running with

Tennis - Davis Cup Finals - Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain - November 20, 2019 Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his match The 32-year-old Murray, who returned from hip surgery in June, looked spent at the end of a brutal match as he took his record in Davis Cup singles rubbers to 31-3.

a person swinging a racket at a ball: Davis Cup Finals © Reuters/SUSANA VERA Davis Cup Finals

MADRID (Reuters) - Serbia sealed their place in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in straightforward fashion on Thursday, brushing France aside to join Spain, Australia, Canada, Russia and Germany in a powerful-looking knockout phase.

Filip Krajinovic's opening 7-5 7-6 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga effectively guaranteed Serbia their last-eight spot before Novak Djokovic beat Benoit Paire 6-3 6-3 to put them 2-0 ahead in the Group A clash at La Caja Magica.

Filip Krajinović hitting a ball with a racket: Davis Cup Finals © Reuters/SUSANA VERA Davis Cup Finals Djokovic, who inspired his nation to the title in 2010, is now on a 14-match winning streak in Davis Cup singles matches.

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Spain made smooth progress into the last eight of the Davis Cup Finals but elsewhere in La Caja Britain's three-time Grand Slam champion returned to Davis Cup action for the first time since 2016 Novak Djokovic, who Nadal pipped to the year-end top ranking, helped get Serbia up and running

Hosts Spain made smooth progress into the last eight of the Davis Cup Finals but elsewhere in La Caja Magica on Wednesday it proved a more Novak Djokovic, who Nadal pipped to the year-end top ranking, helped get Serbia up and running with an easy win over Yoshihito Nishioka as they beat

Germany made sure of their place in the last-eight when veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Chile's Nicolas Jarry in the opening rubber of their Group C tie.

a man standing on a court with a racket: Davis Cup Finals © Reuters/SUSANA VERA Davis Cup Finals Even a 2-1 defeat for the Germans would mean they qualify in first place ahead of Argentina who were left to sweat on scraping through as one of the best two runners-up.

Britain rested Andy Murray for their deciding clash in Group E against Kazakhstan after his near three-hour singles thriller during his country's 2-1 win over the Netherlands on Wednesday.

Kyle Edmund salutes the crowd after sealing victory © Alex Pantling/Getty Images Kyle Edmund salutes the crowd after sealing victory

His replacement Kyle Edmund beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-3 before Dan Evans lost to youngster Alexander Bublik, who was cheered on by a couple of hundred colourful Kazakh fans equipped with drums and trombones.

Nadal dethrones Croatia and puts Spain into last eight

  Nadal dethrones Croatia and puts Spain into last eight Croatia's hopes of retaining the Davis Cup are over after they were beaten by hosts Spain in Madrid.Nadal sealed the hosts' passage into the last eight at La Caja Magica with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Borna Gojo, the world number one's 26th consecutive singles win in the competition.

Hosts Spain made smooth progress into the last eight of the Davis Cup Finals but elsewhere in La Novak Djokovic, who Nadal piped to the year-end top ranking, helped get Serbia up and running with an Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray returned to Davis Cup action for the first time

Tennis - Davis Cup Finals - Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain - November 20, 2019 MADRID (Reuters) – Hosts Spain made smooth progress into the last eight of the Davis Cup Finals but elsewhere in La Novak Djokovic, who Nadal piped to the year-end top ranking, helped get Serbia up and running with

The match will be decided by the doubles clash scheduled to be between Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski and the Kazakh pairing of Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov.

However, Dan Evans failed to put Great Britain 2-0 against Kazakhstan after winning the first set against Alexander Bublik © Susana Vera/Reuters However, Dan Evans failed to put Great Britain 2-0 against Kazakhstan after winning the first set against Alexander Bublik

Whichever nation wins that will top the group and face Germany in the quarter-finals.

Later the first quarter-final takes place when an impressive-looking Australia side take on Canada, who have enjoyed the benefit of a rest day.

Nick Kyrgios will face Canada later in the quarter-finals © Bernat Armangue/AP Photo Nick Kyrgios will face Canada later in the quarter-finals

Thursday's schedule looks far less complicated than on the previous two days when play has finished in the small hours, attracting criticism about the new Davis Cup format.

The previous night the U.S. and Italy contested what was effectively a dead rubber until 4am.

Nadal shines for Spain but Serbia suffer painful Davis Cup exit

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Paris (AFP) - Switzerland and Serbia , missing the accumulated Grand Slam power of Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic, slumped to defeat in the Davis Cup first round on Saturday "It was incredibly tough," said a relieved Cilic. The winners of that tie will face Kazakhstan in the last eight .

MADRID (Reuters) - Hosts Spain made smooth progress into the last eight of the Davis Cup Finals but elsewhere in La Caja Magica on Wednesday it Novak Djokovic, who Nadal piped to the year-end top ranking, helped get Serbia up and running with an easy win over Yoshihito Nishioka as they beat

The highly ranked Denis Shapovalov could face Kyrgios later © Susana Vera The highly ranked Denis Shapovalov could face Kyrgios later

This is the first edition of 119-year-old Davis Cup since the ITF voted to change from the old year-long World Group featuring home and away ties to an 18-nation showdown in one venue played over a week. 

(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)

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