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Cilic Pushes Croatia In Davis Cup World Group Playoff

KAZAKHSTAN 1, ARGENTINA 1
Astana, Kazakhstan (Indoor clay)

Defending Davis Cup champion Argentina and Kazakhstan head into Saturday tied 1-1 in their World Group Playoff. ATP World Tour veteran Mikhail Kukushkin started the day with a 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-4 win against left-hander Guido Pella. But US Open quarter-finalist Diego Schwartzman kept up his impressive play, dismissing Dmitry Popko 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

Marin Cilic moves to within one win of becoming Croatia's Davis Cup singles match wins leader.
Kukushkin will partner with Aleksandr Nedovyesov against Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni in doubles on Saturday.

COLOMBIA 1, CROATIA 1
Bogota, Colombia (Outdoor clay)

Marin Cilic moved to within one win of becoming Croatia's Davis Cup singles match-wins leader on Friday with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 victory against Colombia's Alejandro Gonzalez. Santiago Giraldo evened the tie, though, with a 6-4, 4-6, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory against Franko Skugor.

SWITZERLAND 1, BELARUS 1
Biel, Switzerland (Indoor hard)

Marco Chiudinelli put the home country on the board on Friday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory against Dzmitry Zhyrmont. Yaraslav Shyla had given Belarus a 1-0 lead by beating Henri Laaksonen 6-4, 6-2, 7-6(3).

NETHERLANDS 0, CZECH REPUBLIC 2
The Hague, Netherlands (Indoor clay)

Left-hander Jiri Vesely and Lukas Rosol swept singles play on Friday to hand the host country a 2-0 lead heading into the weekend. Vesely outlasted Thiemo de Bakker 4-6, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 after three hours and 44 minutes. Vesely won almost 70 per cent of his second-serve points and converted six of his 25 break opportunities. Rosol followed with another five-set win, beating Robin Haase 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

PORTUGAL 1, GERMANY 1
Lisbon, Portugal (Outdoor clay)

World No. 90 Cedrik-Marcel Stebe upset No. 57 Joao Sousa 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 to start the play-off contest. But Portugal's Pedro Sousa assured the home team of an even contest heading into Saturday by beating Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(2).

JAPAN 2, BRAZIL 0
Osaka, Japan (Outdoor hard)

Yuichi Sugita and Go Soeda powered Japan to a commanding 2-0 lead in their Davis Cup play-off against Brazil. Sugita, who won his maiden ATP World Tour title earlier this year in Antayla, beat Guilherme Clezar 6-2, 7-5, 7-6(5). Soeda knocked out Thiago Monteiro 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-4 in three hours and 41 minutes.

HUNGARY 1, RUSSIA 1
Budapest, Hungary (Outdoor clay)

#NextGenATP Karen Khachanov made sure Russia didn't fall behind 0-2 against Hungary with a 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(12), 6-1 win against Attila Balazs. World No. 113 Marton Fucsovics had given the host country a 1-0 lead by staving off a comeback from #NextGenATP Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-4, 5-7, 2-6, 6-3. Rublev was coming off his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the US Open (l. to Nadal).

CANADA 0, INDIA 1
Edmonton, Canada (Indoor hard)

Ramanathan Ramkumar gave India a 1-0 lead over host nation Canada in Edmonton with a 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5, 7-5 win over Brauden Schnur, who paid the price for converting just three of 18 break point chances.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/news/croatia-davis-cup-2017-wg-playoff-friday

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