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Defending Champion , Spain Knock Out From Davis Cup

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Daniil Medvedev helped the Russians fight back to victory by beating Pablo Carreno Busta in the singles

Defending champions Spain were knocked out of the Davis Cup Finals after the Russian Tennis Federation clinched a dramatic late-night win in Madrid.

Needing victory to reach the quarter-finals, Spanish pair Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers lost 4-6 6-2 6-4 to Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev.

Success in the deciding doubles meant the Russians – favourites to win the 18-team event – topped Group A.

Their win also ensured Serbia qualified as one of two best-placed runners-up.

There was a sombre mood inside the Caja Magica in the Spanish capital as the home team, without the injured Rafael Nadal, were beaten at about 00:45 local time on Monday.

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The Russians, competing under the name of their federation after the nation was banned from international competition for doping violations, are led by top-five ranked players Daniil Medvedev and Rublev.

World number five Rublev lost 2-6 6-3 6-4 to the 40-year-old Lopez in the singles before Medvedev, the world number two and US Open champion, levelled with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) win over Pablo Carreno Busta.

Source : BBC Sport

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