Davis Cup: France ousts Sweden, Croatia stuns USA

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Nine-time champion France eliminated Sweden from the Davis Cup.

Davis Cup: France ousts Sweden, Croatia stuns USA
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London: Nine-time champion France eliminated Sweden from the Davis Cup, advancing to the quarterfinals when Paul-Henri Mathieu defeated former Australian Open winner Thomas Johansson 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-4. The 3-2 victory on Sunday was the fifth for France in their 12 meetings with Sweden, and the first since the French won the 1996 final 3-2 in their last clash. Russia also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Chile 4-1, while the Netherlands finished off a 3-2 victory over Switzerland and Romania completed a 3-2 win over Belarus. Australia and Argentina both capped off 5-0 sweeps, the Australians vanquishing Austria and Argentina beating the Czech Republic. Slovakia, which eliminated defending champion Spain on Saturday, finished off a 4-1 victory. Fernando Verdasco earned Spain's lone consolation win. Croatia took an insurmountable 3-1 lead over the United States after Ivan Ljubicic outlasted Andy Roddick in a taut five-set marathon. The remaining reverse singles match became essentially an exhibition with doubles specialist Bob Bryan subbing for Andre Agassi. With their victories, France will meet Russia in a rematch of the 2002 final and Slovakia will face the Dutch in the quarterfinals July 15-17. In the other quarterfinals, it will be Australia vs Argentina, and Romania will go up against Croatia. (AP)
Topics : Tennis
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