Sunday, July 12, 2009
Ferrero puts Spain in semifinals
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MARBELLA, Spain -- Juan Carlos Ferrero beat Andreas Beck 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the decisive singles match to give defending champion Spain a 3-2 win over Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
Spain will host Israel in September.
Spain captain Albert Costa replaced Tommy Robredo with Ferrero after Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Fernando Verdasco in the first reverse singles match to even the contest at the Puerto Banus bullring.
Spain, which was playing without the injured Rafael Nadal, has won 16 straight home series.
It was Ferrero's first Davis Cup match since 2005.
Israel wraps up win over Russia
TEL AVIV, Israel -- Israel wrapped up its stunning Davis Cup win over Russia after clinching its first semifinal appearance a day earlier.
The final score was 4-1 after Harel Levy beat Igor Kunitsyn in the last reverse singles match 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (2). Earlier, Israel's top player, Dudi Sela, retired with a hand injury in his match against Igor Andreev with the Russian leading 4-3 in the first set.
Neither of Sunday's matches had an impact on the final result as Israel had built an insurmountable 3-0 lead Saturday with Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich's dramatic five-set defeat of Marat Safin and Kunitsyn in doubles.
Stepanek pushes Argentina past Czech Republic
OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Radek Stepanek beat Juan Monaco in the final reverse singles match to give the Czech Republic a 3-2 win over Argentina and a place in the Davis Cup semifinals.
Stepanek won 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-2 on the indoor hard court at CEZ Arena.
The Czechs will face Croatia in the Sept. 18-20 semis.
Earlier Sunday, Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Tomas Berdych in the opening reverse singles match 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to tie the series at 2-2.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.