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Czechs have it easy vs Switzerland

Geneva: Tomas Berdych needed only around three hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka on Sunday, and lift the Czech Republic to a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup.

Back on court after both played in an epic seven hours, one minute doubles match on Saturday, Czech No. 1 Berdych beat Swiss team leader Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the first of the reverse singles rubbers. Sunday's match took three hours, 15 minutes - lasting less than half the time of the longest match in Davis Cup history. The defending champions Czechs earned a home quarter final against Kazakhstan in April.

Berdych was more clinical Sunday, after he and partner Lukas Rosol had needed 13 match points to finish a 24-22 fifth set against Wawrinka and Marco Chiudinelli.

The sixth-ranked Czech clinched on his first chance when Wawrinka's cross-court shot clipped the net cord and looped wide. Berdych reeled off three straight points to win the tiebreaker as 17th-ranked Wawrinka seemed poised to force more fifth-set drama. Wawrinka extended his run of hard-luck losses in 2013, which began against Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. The Swiss lost that fourth-round clash 12-10 in the fifth after 5 hours, 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, Michael Llodra and Richard Gasquet won their reverse singles in straight sets on Sunday as France completed a 5-0 rout of Israel.

Llodra had helped France win Saturday's doubles and had little trouble beating Noam Okun 6-3, 7-6 (5), before Gasquet followed up his win in Friday's opening singles with a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 win against Amir Weintraub.

France will travel to Argentina in the quarter finals in April.

In Charleroi, Serbia lost both reverse singles matches to Belgium on Sunday after they had already qualified for the Davis Cup quarter finals earlier in the weekend.

With top-ranked 1 Novak Djokovic sitting out Sunday's meaningless matches, Belgium took full advantage with David Goffin beating Boris Pashanski 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 and Steve Darcis defeating Nenad Zimonjic 6-2, 6-2. The two losses left Serbia with a 3-2 victory to advance. Serbia will face the winner of the match between Brazil and the United States.

On the other hand, Kazakhstan pulled off an unexpected victory over Austria on Sunday to advance to the quarter finals.

Andrey Golubev beat Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the reverse singles of the World Group 1st round tie for Kazakhstan to take an insurmountable 3-1 lead, resulting in the entire team breaking into an -court celebration dance. The last reverse singles will not be played.

In Saturday's doubles match, Alexander Peya and Julian Knowle kept Austria's hopes by winning a tightly fought contest against Golubev and Yuriy Schukin. (Agencies)