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Serbia reaches Davis Cup tennis semifinals; Spain ousts US

sports Updated: Jul 12, 2011 16:41 IST

Defending champion Serbia beat Sweden in the Davis Cup tennis quarterfinals on Sunday to set up a meeting with Argentina. Spain will host France in the final four after defeating the US.

Janko Tipsarevic sealed the victory today with a 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 win over Michael Ryderstedt in Halmstad, Sweden, to give Serbia an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the best-of-five contest. Sweden's Robert Lindstedt retired against Viktor Troicki to make the final score 4-1.

Serbia, which last year secured the elite men's team championship for first time, had won both the opening singles matches even as world No. 1 Novak Djokovic didn't compete on day one because of a knee injury. Djokovic played in doubles, which Sweden won to keep the tie alive.

Argentina on Saturday completed a 5-0 whitewash of Kazakhstan and will travel to Serbia for the September 16-18 semifinals. France, which headed into Sunday's matches having already won its tie against Germany, finished with a 4-1 victory.

Spain booked the last semifinal spot when David Ferrer beat Mardy Fish 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 7-6 (7-5) to give the Spaniards an unbeatable 3-1 lead over the US in Austin, Texas.

Top-ranked doubles pairing Bob and Mike Bryan had kept the host nation's chances alive with a victory Saturday after Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick both lost their opening singles matches.

Spain, the 2008 and 2009 champion, will have home-court advantage in the semifinals.

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