The Czechs have taken a 2-0 lead against Kazakhstan, whilst Argentine and France are tied after the first day of Davis Cup 2013 quarterfinals.
Defending champions Czechs, who were defeated by the Kazakh national team in the first round of Davis Cup two years ago, won both of the first day matches at National Tennis Center in Astana. World no. 156 Mikhail Kukushkin was helpless against Jan Hajek, ranked 94. The experienced Czech player held all of his service games to achieve a straight sets victory and secure the first point for his country after less than two hours of play. The final score: 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. In the second clash on indoor clay court in Kazakhstan’ s capital 205th-ranked Andrey Golubev took a one set lead, yet his more established opponent Lukas Rosol bounced back in time to seize three consecutive sets, closing out the encounter after the fourth-set tie break. The Czechs went two points clear after his 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 (6) triumph.
Kazakhstan – Czech Republic 0-2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Carlos Berlocq needed almost four hours to decide the winner of the opening clash of the quarterfinal Davis Cup match-up between Argentina and France, played on outdoor clay court in Buenos Aires. The 8th-ranked Frenchman was broken in the first game of the encounter, allowing World no. 71 Berlocq to go one nil up in the end. Tsonga dominated the following two sets and won them both without dropping a serve. The fourth set was packed with break ball chances with the Argentine ultimately leveling the score by clinching a break in the twelfth game. However, the decider was all about Tsonga who acquired a double break cushion and tucked away the fourth match ball to prevail with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 final result. Juan Monaco managed to brush aside his better ranked rival Gilles Simon in straight sets. In the first one each athlete gave away three of his service games before the Argentine wrapped up the set in a tie-break. Monaco was in the driver’s seat in the remaining two sets – his serve was never in danger, while he broke Simon three times to grab a 7-6 (2), 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Argentine – France 1-1