The Davis Cup seemed to be going to plan for most nations. After the Day 2 doubles Spain, Argentina and Sweden had already progressed to the Quarterfinals. Serbia, the USA, the Czech Republic, France and Germany all lead 2-1 and all but Germany versus Croatia, were still favoured to progress.
Out comes the reverse singles Serbia through Viktor Troicki, the USA with Andy Roddick win the first leg to qualify. The first surprise is Tomas Berdych. The Czech’s big gun Wimbledon finalist is beaten by Kazakh Andrey Golubev ranked 36 places lower than the world number 7. Not as surprisingly Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin then comes out and defeats Jan Hajek in the deciding tie. Last year’s semi-finalists fall at the first hurdle and Kazakhstan win their first ever World Group appearance.
In an airport hanger in Vienna, Austrian world number 10 Jurgen Melzer redeemed for his first day loss defeating the Frenchman with the skinniest legs in tennis, Gilles Simon in five sets. The Austrians then send in their number 2 Martin Fischer who had not yet played a rubber against Jeremy Chardy who defeated Melzer in straight sets on Friday. Chardy continued his winning form to defeat the 138th ranked Austrian in four sets.
In the final day in Zagreb Germany leads Croatia 2-1. Croatian number 1 Marin Cilic takes on German number 1 Phillip Kohlschreiber. The big Croatian and former top ten player is too strong for the German winning in straight sets. In the deciding tie Ivo Karlovic, who broke Roddick’s record for the biggest serve in the doubles loss yesterday, played German Phillipp Petzschner the reigning Wimbledon doubles champion. In a close match Petzschner, playing on his second Davis Cup singles tie, was too strong for big Croatian winning 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(5). The Germans will now face France at home in July. The USA are at home to Spain, Kazakhsatn travel to Argentina and Sweden hosts Serbia.