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Russia enter quarters

London: Champions Russia were given a real fright before Davis Cup debutant Nikolay Davydenko managed to squeeze his country into the World Group quarter finals by winning the deciding singles against the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Russia, without Marat Safin and with Yevgeny Kafelnikov clearly below his best, had to rely on the 21-year-old Davydenko to carve out a 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 win over Radek Stepanek and gain the 3-2 margin.

RESULTS (Sunday’s results)

n In Ostrava: Russia 3 Czech Republic 2 (Nykolay Davydenko bt Radek Stepanek 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 3-6, 6-0).

n In Zagreb: Croatia 4 US 1 (Mario Ancic bt Taylor Dent 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (12-10); Ivan Ljubicic bt James Blake 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3).

n In Helsingborg: Sweden 3 Brazil 2 (Andreas Vinciguerra bt Flavio Saretta 6-1, 7-5, 6-3; Jonas Bjorkman bt Gustavo Kuerten 6-4, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1).

n In Buenos Aires: Argentina 5 Germany 0 (Juan Ignacio Chela bt David Prinosil 6-4, 6-1; Gaston Gaudio bt Lars Burgsmuller 6-3, 6-1).

n In Arnhem: Switzerland bt The Netherlands 3-2 (Michel Kratochvil bt Martin Verkerk 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6) 1-6; Roger Federer bt Sjeng Schalken 7-6 (7-2), 6-4, 7-5.

n In Sydney: Australia bt England 4-1 (Wayne Arthurs bt Miles MacLagan 4-6, 6-1, 6-4; Alex Bogdanovic bt Todd Woodbridge 6-2, 7-6).

n In Seville: Spain bt Belgium 5-0 (Carlos Ferrero bt Kristof Vliegen 6-1, 6-4; Carlos Moya bt Christophe Rochus 6-2, 6-2.

n In Bucharest: France bt Romania 4-1 (Nicolas Escude bt Gabriel Trifu 7-6, 4-6, 6-4; Victor Hanescu bt Fabrice Santoro 6-1, 6-4).

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