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Americans stomp Swiss challenge

sports Updated: Feb 12, 2012 00:29 IST
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The United States reached the Davis Cup quarter-finals here on Saturday when the doubles pairing of Mike Bryan and Mardy Fish gave them an unbeatable 3-0 lead over hosts Switzerland.

The Americans defeated Olympic champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to secure the winning point.

In Friday's opening two rubbers, Fish defeated Wawrinka in five sets and John Isner upset Federer in four.

Surprise drug test for Nadal

Madrid: Rafael Nadal says he underwent a surprise doping test toward the end of a week in which the Spaniard was at the centre of jokes made by a French TV programme about his country's alleged doping ties.

Nadal wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday: "8:30 in the morning!!!Just finished passing a surprise antidoping was expected after everything...but I'm happy it's like this!"

The Spanish sports ministry has contacted its French counterparts to complain over the satirical skits, and is considering legal action after Spain's tennis and cycling federations said they would sue Canal Plus for using its logo in a video that poked fun at Nadal.

Former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain received a doping ban on Monday.

Sania in Pattaya doubles final

Pattaya: Sania Mirza reached the doubles final of the Pattaya Open on Saturday after pairing with Anastasia Rodionova to defeat the team of Akgul Amanmuradova and Kimiko Date-Krumm by a score of 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and nine minutes at the Thai tournament.