UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Tennis

Kazakhstan downs Austria to advance to Davis Cup quarters

Photo:

Andrey Golubev and Jurgen Melzer used a strong start to advance to the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) ? Kazakhstan pulled off an unexpected victory over Austria on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup.

Andrey Golubev beat Jurgen Melzer 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the reverse singles of the World Group 1st round tie for Kazakhstan to take an insurmountable 3-1 lead, resulting in the entire team breaking into an on-court celebration dance. The last reverse singles will not be played.

Kazakhstan began strongly Friday when Golubev beat Andreas Haider-Maurer in the opening match, and Evgeny Korolev defeated Jurgen Melzer in straight sets.

In Saturday's doubles match, Alexander Peya and Julian Knowle kept Austria's hopes by winning a tightly fought contest against Golubev and Yuriy Schukin. Kazakhstan next plays the Czech Republic away in April.

More Tennis

SI.com

Drag this icon to your bookmark bar.
Then delete your old SI.com bookmark.

SI.com

Click the share icon to bookmark us.