KAZAKHSTAN d. ITALY 3-2
The upset of the weekend as No. 130-ranked Aleksandr Nedovyesov stuns veteran Fabio Fognini in the fifth and deciding singles in five sets. Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin won the opening singles on Friday over Simone Bollelli, then on Sunday kept the tie alive in the first singles with a win over Andreas Seppi, both in straight sets.
GREAT BRITAIN d. USA 3-2
An anticipated fifth-match decider was dashed on Day 1 when John Isner fell to No. 111-ranked James Ward 15-13 in the fifth set. The Bryan brothers kept the tie alive with a 9-7 in the fifth win over Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot, but Andy Murray clinched it for the Brits by beating Isner in straight sets in the first Sunday match. It was the second straight loss to Britain in the first round of World Group play for the U.S.
AUSTRALIA d. CZECH REPUBLIC 3-2
Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth failed to make it a 3-0 sweep for Australia, losing the doubles in five sets, but Bernard Tomic finalized it in the first Sunday singles with a straight-set win over Lukas Rosol. In the Friday singles Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis beat Rosol in five, and Tomic topped Jiri Vesely in straights.
FRANCE d. GERMANY 3-2
Gilles Simon and Gael “Force” Monfils in singles, and Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut in doubles lead the French to a 3-0 sweep in Frankfurt. Simon in the first singles on Friday beat German Jan-Lennard Struff 10-8 in the fifth set.
SERBIA d. CROATIA 5-0
Viktor Troicki needed five sets to beat Croat upstart Borna Coric, but the Serbs led by world No. 1 Novak Djokovic rolled past Croatia, who could field no Top 50-ranked players.
BELGIUM d. SWITZERLAND 3-2
Even without Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss almost pulled the upset. No. 344-ranked Swiss Henri Laaksonen won both his singles in five sets over Ruben Belemans and Steve Darcis, forcing a fifth and deciding match when No. 321-ranked Swiss Adrien Bossel was outmatch by Belgian David Goffin 6-4, 6-0, 6-4.
BRAZIL tied with ARGENTINA 2-2
The final singles was postponed due to darkness on Sunday night with Argentina’s Federico Delbonis leading Thomaz Bellucci one set to none.
CANADA d. JAPAN 3-2
Kei Nishikori beat Milos Raonic in the marquee first singles match on Sunday to extend it to a fifth and final, but Japan’s Go Soeda was no match for Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil, falling in straight sets.
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