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Reigning Davis Cup champions Spain defeated the USA 3-1 on the clay courts at Gijon, northern Spain, to reach their seventh Davis Cup final in the last 12 years.
In the absence of the injured Rafael Nadal; the Spanish were led by World No.5 David Ferrer and the 30 year-old rose to the occasion with a pair of impressive performances.
On day one Ferrer came from a set down defeat Sam Querrey in four sets before Nicolas Almagro won a five set thriller against John Isner 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to give the hosts a strong 2-0 lead.
Olympic and US Open champions the Bryan Brothers gave the visitors hope with a four set win over Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the doubles rubber.
In the battle of the No.1 players on day three it was Ferrer who came through impressively from a set down against Isner to win 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and claim overall for the five-time champions.
Stat Attack – Spain
Stat Attack – USA
World No.6 Tomas Berdych won all three points as the Czech Republic defeated Argentina 3-2 away in Buenos Aires to reach their fourth Davis Cup final.
The score was 1-1 after the first day’s action in the Argentinean capital as World No.8 Juan Martin Del Potro, despite an injured left wrist, comfortably saw off Radek Stepanek in straight sets, before Berdych came from behind to complete a gripping 6-1, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Juan Monaco.
Berdych and Stepanek teamed up for a straightforward doubles victory over Eduardo Schwank and Carlos Berlocq to give the visitors the lead heading into the final day.
With Del Potro sidelined on day three; Berdych swept past Berlocq 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 completing the win for the 1980 champions with a trademark forehand winner thumped down the line.
The Czechs play host to Spain in December's final, a repeat of the 2009 final which the Spaniards won 5-0 in Barcelona.
Stat Attack – Czech Republic
Stat Attack – Argentina
World No.1 Roger Federer led Switzerland to a 3-2 away win over the Netherlands on clay to keep the Swiss team in the Davis Cup World Group for 2013.
There were also play-off victories for Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and Kazakhstan.
Irina-Camelia Begu won the Tashkent Open with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Croatian teenager Donna Vekic to lift her first WTA singles title.
The unseeded Romanian, WTA Newcomer of the year in 2011, had taken out three seeds en route to her third career final. In the quarter finals Begu was two points from defeat trailing 2-5 in the third set against Galina Voskoboeva.
16 year-old Vekic had a stunning run to qualify and reach the final of her first WTA main draw event. In the final the youngster put in a strong performance against Begu.
Begu gained a crucial break of serve in the seventh game to take the opening set and the broke in the opening game of the second set. Vekic fought back to level at 4-4 but Begu struck straight back and sealed victory after an hour and 19 minutes.
Stat Attack – Begu
Stat Attack – Vekic
Kirsten Flipkens defeated Lucie Hradecka 6-1, 7-5 to win her first WTA singles title in style at the Bell Challenge in Quebec City .
The unseeded Belgian took out three seeds during the week, including a first round upset of top seed Dominika Cibulkova after the World No.13 had served for the match.
In the final Flipkens raced into a 4-0 lead, lost serve, but broke Hradecka again to take a commanding lead.
In a much tighter second set the first ten games went with serve before Flipkens gained the crucial break at 5-5. The 26 year-old converted her third match point in the twelfth game to win in 69 minutes.
Stat Attack – Flipkens
Stat Attack – Hradecka
6 – Nadal
No.1 (8) Murray (Brisbane), Ferrer (Auckland, Buenos Aires), Djokovic (Australian Open, Dubai, Monte Carlo), Cilic (Zagreb), Nadal (Sao Paulo), Raonic (San Jose)No.2 (7) Gasquet (Doha), Tipsarevic (Chennai), Del Potro (Rotterdam), Nadal (Acapulco, Barcelona), Murray (Miami), Wawrinka (Oeiras)No.3 (3) Gasquet (Montpellier), Tsonga (Marseille), Haas (Munich)No.5 (5) Nishikori (Memphis), Nadal (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome), Isner (Houston)Unseeded (4) Tomic (Sydney), Zeballos (Vina Del Mar), Robredo (Casablanca), Rosol (Bucharest)Qualifier (1) Gulbis (Delray Beach)
109 - Gulbis (Delray Beach)
25 – Nadal (Acapulco)
83 – Gulbis (Delray Beach)*inc qualifying
17 – Djokovic
36 – Nadal
338 - Nicolas Almagro
64 – Australian Open 4th round Djokovic bt Wawrinka 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7(5) 12-10
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on two occasions
5 – Tsonga bt Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(10)(Marseille 2nd round)1 – Tsonga bt Berdych 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Marseille F, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)1 - Murray bt Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)(Miami Final, 1mp 5-6 third set)
Tomic (Sydney) 20 years, 2 months and 22 days
Haas (Munich) 35 years, 1 month & 2 days
5 - S.Williams
No.1 (12) Li (Shenzhen), Radwanska (Auckland, Sydney), Azarenka (Australian Open, Doha), Jankovic (Bogata), Errani (Acapulco), S.Williams (Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome), Sharapova (Stuttgart)No.2 (3) Kirilenko (Pattaya City), Sharapova (Indian Wells), Vinci (Katowice)No.3 (2) S.Williams (Brisbane), Pavlyuchenkova (Oeiras)No.5 (1) Pavlyuchenkova (Monterrey)No.6 (2) Kvitova (Dubai), Schiavone (Marrakech)Unseeded (5) Vesnina (Hobart), Barthel (Paris Indoors), Erakovic (Memphis), Niculescu (Florianopolis), Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
127 – Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
14 – S.Williams (Rome)
50 – Sharapova (Stuttgart)
24 – S.Williams
227 - S.Williams
43 – Australian Open 1st round - Cornet bt Erakovic 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8 Australian Open 1st round - Muguruza bt Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 14-12
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on nine occasions
1 – Erakovic bt Beck 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Memphis 1st round, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)3 - Niculescu bt Medina Garrigues 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1(Florianopolis 1st round, 3 mps 3-6 second set tie-break)
Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar) 20 yrs, 11 months & 11 days
Schiavone (Marrakech) 32 yrs, 10 months & 5 days
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.