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Switzerland beat Serbia, in quarters

Novi Sad: Switzerland won the Davis Cup first-round tie against Serbia after Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer beat Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic in the doubles for an unbeatable 3-0 lead, on Saturday.

Switzerland will face either Belgium or Kazakhstan in the quarter finals in April. Serbia dropped into the World Group play-offs in September.

A confident Chiudinelli and Lammer defeated veteran doubles player Zimonjic and young Krajinovic 7-6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2. On Friday, Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka won the opening singles. Federer was making his first Davis Cup appearance since 2012. While Federer beat Bozoljac 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the opening singles, Wawrinka overcame Lajovic 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7).

Serbia, last year’s finalist, were playing without their three top players, Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki.

In another match, Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek won the doubles for defending champions Czech Republic to take a 2-1 lead over the Netherlands. The Czechs defeated Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) in almost four hours on an indoor hard court at CEZ Arena to improve to a 15-1 record in the cup doubles.

The Dutch were trailing 0-2 in the fourth set before coming back and saving three break points at 5-5 after Haase double-faulted twice but the home pair converted their second match point in the tie-breaker with Haase sending a volley too long.

It was the first defeat in the cup doubles for Haase and Rojer following four victories.

The Czechs, seeking their third straight Davis Cup title, are one win away from the quarter finals while the Dutch must win both reverse singles on Sunday to reach the quarters for the first time since 2005.