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Ruthless Djokovic helps ease Serbia through Davis Cup first round

Epic seven-hour encounter between Czech Republic and Switzerland smashes Davis Cup record for longest tie

PUBLISHED:

23:01 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:02 GMT, 3 February 2013

Davis Cup defending champions the Czech Republic
claimed a 2-1 lead over Switzerland after a seven-hour epic.

Tomas
Berdych and Lukas Rosol eventually overcame Stanislas Wawrinka and
Marco Chiudinelli 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 24-22 in a match featuring
250 winners, 51 aces and just six break points converted from a possible
38.

At seven hours and one minute it was
the longest Davis Cup match in history, surpassing the six hours and 22
minutes played by John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in 1982 before
tie-breakers had been introduced.
The United States surprisingly missed the chance to wrap up victory over
Brazil as Mike and Bob Bryan went down to Bruno Soares and Marcelo Melo
in Florida.

Epic: Davis Cup

Epic: Davis Cup

Soares and Melo secured a 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win to trail 2-1 going into Sunday's reverse singles.

Last year's beaten finalists Spain
kept their hopes alive against Canada in Vancouver after Marcel
Granollers and Marc Lopez twice came from a set down to beat Daniel
Nestor and Vasek Pospisil 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2.

Without the likes of Rafael Nadal and
David Ferrer, Spain slipped 2-0 down in the opening singles, but
Granollers and Lopez, who is ranked as the third best doubles player in
the world, dug deep to keep them in it.

Elsewhere, World No 1 Novak Djokovic needed to play just one match as Serbia completed a comprehensive victory over Belgium in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie.

Novak Djokovic

Simply the best: Djokovic only needed to play one match in his country's tie against Belgium

Djokovic
had done his bit with victory over Olivier Rochus in yesterday's second
singles after Viktor Troicki had beaten David Goffin, and the
Australian Open champion could sit back and watch Saturday's doubles as
Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic saw off Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis in
four sets.

That gave Serbia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tie in Charleroi, with Djokovic likely to sit out tomorrow's dead rubbers.

Novak Djokovic

Team player: Djokovic cheered on countryman Viktor Troicki

France also wrapped up an easy
triumph over Israel, with Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra thrashing
Jonathan Erlich and Dudi Sela in this afternoon's doubles.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet had beaten Amir Weintraub and Sela respectively in yesterday's singles.

Novak Djokovic

Great year: Djokovic has had a great start to 2013 after winning the Australian Open last week

Austria kept their hopes alive
against Kazakhstan with a doubles victory for Julian Knowle and
Alexander Peya, who defeated Andrey Golubev and Yuriy Schukin 7-6 (7/5),
6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

Kazakhstan will take a 2-1 lead into tomorrow's singles in Astana.

Argentina also advanced to the quarter-finals after taking an unassailable 3-0 lead over Germany in Buenos Aires.

Following singles wins for Carlos Berlocq and Juan Monaco, David Nalbandian and Horacio Zeballos combined for a doubles victory over Christopher Kas and Tobias Kamke, winning 6-1, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

Italy will take a 2-1 lead into the final day of their tie with Croatia in Turin after Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini beat Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (13/11).

Andy Murray beats Marco Chiudinelli to reach Dubai Duty Free Championships quarter-final

Improved Murray makes light work of Chiudinelli to reach last eight in Dubai

Andy Murray became the first man through to the quarter-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Championships with a 6-3 6-4 victory over Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli.

The world No 4 has endured a post-Australian Open slump in the last two seasons and struggled on Tuesday in his first match since his Melbourne semi-final defeat by Novak Djokovic, needing three sets to get past unheralded German Michael Berrer.

Shake on it: Andy Murray beat Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to reach the last eight of the Dubai Duty Free Championships

Shake on it: Andy Murray beat Swiss qualifier Marco Chiudinelli in straight sets to reach the last eight of the Dubai Duty Free Championships

But Murray looked much sharper today, albeit against modest opposition in the shape of the 30-year-old world number 185, and eased through in one hour and 22 minutes.

Coach Ivan Lendl said following the Berrer match that he believed Murray had left Australia in a positive frame of mind and he certainly made a fast start.

Easy does it: World No 4 Murray impressed in his second round win

Easy does it: World No 4 Murray impressed in his second round win

The 24-year-old created a break point in Chiudinelli's first service game and then capitalised on his next opportunity when a backhand proved too good for his opponent.

Feeling the heat: Chiudinelli was comfortably dispatched by Murray in Dubai

Feeling the heat: Chiudinelli was comfortably dispatched by Murray in Dubai

The Swiss player beat Nikolay Davydenko in the first round on Tuesday but he was having no joy at all on the Murray serve and the third seed served out the set with an ace.

In a hurry: Murray was the first through to the quarter finals

In a hurry: Murray was the first through to the quarter finals

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Chiudinelli held Murray at bay in the second set until the ninth game, when some good play from the Scot forced three break points and he took the second to leave himself serving for the match.

And there were no late alarms for Murray, who will face either fifth seed Tomas Berdych or Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko in the last eight.

Andy Murray struggles through Dubai opener against Michael Berrer

Rusty Murray misses Lendl as Brit struggles through Dubai opener against Berrer

Andy Murray left coach Ivan Lendl in Florida this week and for much of Tuesday it looked like he wished he was back there with him.

In what was his first match for a month, the world No 4 was forced to labour hard against Germany’s Michael Berrer in the opening round of the Dubai Championships but eventually won through 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 against a player ranked a humble 116.

Right back at you: Andy Murray returns to Michael Berrer on his way to beating the German

Right back at you: Andy Murray returns to Michael Berrer on his way to beating the German

Having travelled through nine time
zones to resume his 2012 campaign after narrowly being outpointed by
Novak Djokovic in Australia there was, inevitably, a degree of ring rust
but this still got alarmingly close for comfort.

The heat and residual jet-lag did not
help and Murray said afterwards: ‘I felt a bit sick at the start. It
was a bit up and down but I just didn’t feel great out there.’

There will be more important
assignments this year but it was nonetheless a significant win, given
what has gone before during this period in the previous two seasons.

Bowing out: Berrer lost in three sets to British No 1 Murray

Bowing out: Berrer lost in three sets to British No 1 Murray

Murray’s form swallow-dived following
his appearances in the Melbourne final and he wants to avoid a repeat
of that, especially because the coming weeks give him a chance to beef
up his ranking with zero points to defend from 12 months ago.

The 24-year-old Scot can set himself
for an assault on his main rivals if he does well in Dubai and at the
two opening Masters series events in Indian Wells and Miami, and will
look to improve today as he faces Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli, who
upset Nikolay Davydenko.

Lendl, who is playing a veteran’s
event in Florida before reuniting with his client, will have been
pleased that he eked out a break at 4-4 in the deciding set.

First-class service: Murray sends one down in Dubai

First-class service: Murray sends one down in Dubai

He finally managed to serve it out
without the kind of fuss that had seen him miss numerous opportunities
to make this the straightforward progression that many expected.

Murray had got a break for 3-2 in the
second and all looked routine, but he was broken back immediately and
unwound badly, displaying the kind of negative body language that Lendl
looked to have knocked out of him in Melbourne.

Reverting to his old habit of hanging
back too far in the court, he failed to consolidate early breaks in the
decider and briefly looked in serious trouble before nicking the win.

Murray could rightly claim that it
was the result which ultimately counted — and he now has one more win
than he managed in the whole of February and March last year.

Moving target: Murray covers the court well to get the ball heading back towards Berrer

Moving target: Murray covers the court well to get the ball heading back towards Berrer