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After a Loss Against Russia, Spain was Knocked OUT of the Davis Cup

By virtue of their better match win-loss records among the second-placed sides throughout the group stages, Sweden and Novak Djokovic’s Serbia took the two best runners-up spots and a place in the final eight.

Champions Spain was eliminated from the Davis Cup after Russian Tennis Federation won a gripping match in Madrid to advance to the quarter-finals. Marcel Granollers and Feliciano Lopez of Spain needed to win their doubles decider to send Spain through at the cost of Serbia, but Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev of Russia battled back from a set down to win 4-6 6-2 6-4 and take top spot in Group A.

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By virtue of their better match win-loss records among the second-placed sides throughout the tournament, Sweden and Novak Djokovic’s Serbia took the two best runners-up slots and a place in the final eight.

To advance to the last eight, Spain needed to win their tie against Russia, and the 40-year-old Lopez defied his years to come back from a set down and defeat world number five Rublev, giving the defending champions the perfect start in Madrid.

Rublev had just won his 50th match of the year the day before, with his power hitting helping him grab the opening set, but Lopez came back to win the match 2-6 6-3 6-4.

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After a scorching start to the first set, Daniil Medvedev eased any Russian nerves in the second singles rubber against Pablo Carreno Busta, storming to a 4-0 lead in under 11 minutes before winning 6-2.

The world number two struggled in the second set, finally winning in a tiebreak to send the tie to a doubles decider, with Russia spectacularly edging a tight duel to destroy Spain’s hopes of reclaiming the title.

“We were so close, but it wasn’t enough,” Lopez added.

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“I’m not going to make excuses; it is what it is.” We demonstrated to everyone that we are ready to compete in any situation, despite the numerous challenges we encountered. It’s a huge letdown.” After a 2-1 win over Austria, Germany won top spot in Group F and a quarter-final match against Britain, with Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz clinching their passage with a straight-sets triumph in the final doubles decider.

Colombia’s 2-1 win over the United States in Turin meant little because they finished second in Group E, behind Italy.

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