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Davis Cup: Defending champions Spain knocked out

Sweden and Serbia took the two best runners-up spots and a place in the last eight
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Reuters   |   Published 30.11.21, 02:08 AM

Defending champions Spain were knocked out of the Davis Cup as favourites Russia booked their spot in the quarter finals with a thrilling victory in Madrid.

Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez needed to win their doubles decider to send Spain through at Serbia’s expense, but Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev came from a set down to seal a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory and top spot for Russia in Group A.

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Sweden and Serbia took the two best runners-up spots and a place in the last eight by virtue of their better match win-loss records among the second placed sides throughout the group stages.

Spain needed to win the tie against Russia to progress to the last eight. The 40-year-old Lopez defied his years to beat world No.5 Rublev 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev won the second singles against Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).

“We were very close but it was not enough,” said Spain’s Lopez. “It is what it is and I don’t want to give excuses.”



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