UNSUPPORTED BROWSER
Tennis

Germany ousts Spain, moves on in Davis Cup

Photo: Michael Probst/AP

Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Spain in doubles to win their Davis Cup pairing.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) Tommy Haas and Philipp Kohlschreiber secured Germany's place in the Davis Cup quarterfinals by winning their doubles for an unassailable 3-0 lead over Spain on Saturday.

The Germans held their nerve to beat Fernando Verdasco and David Marrero 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 7-6 (7), 6-3 in 3 hours, 25 minutes, giving Spain its second straight first-round exit. Spain lost to Canada last year.

The 35-year-old Haas served out the match to give Germany its first victory over Spain since 1994, and then led the celebrations in front of the enthusiastic home crowd.

"It couldn't have gone any better. I'm very happy I was able to be here," Haas said. "We're all happy and already a little bit drunk."

Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer won their singles against Roberto Bautista Agut and Feliciano Lopez on Friday.

"It was a great team effort," Germany captain Carsten Arriens said.

Germany will next play France in the quarterfinals in April, while five-time champion Spain faces a World Group playoff in September.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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.