With one minute short of five hours, this was the second marathon match in just two days. Yesterday Cilic needed five hours to defeat Nalbandian.
The winner will be decided in Sunday’s singles matches, when Juan Martin del Potro will face Marin Cilic in a battle of no.1s and the second encounter should feature Nalbandian and Karlovic. But it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Argentine captain Martin Jaite nominated Monaco instead of Nalbandian, who has played 10 sets in just a couple of days.
Austria reduced Spain’s lead as Alexander Peya and Oliver Marach overcame Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 3-6 6-4 6-4 7-6 (12).
Spain, who are still 2-1 ahead, only need to win one of the two singles matches played tomorrow to book a place in the semis.
David Ferrer will take on Jurgen Melzer and Nicolas Almagro will meet Andreas Haider-Maurer.