Austria beats Russia to reach Davis Cup quarters

BY foxsports • February 12, 2012

Jurgen Melzer eased past Alex Bogomolov Jr. of Russia 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 Sunday to help Austria reach the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1995.

Melzer's victory gave Austria an insurmountable 3-1 lead and set up a quarterfinal against defending champion Spain in April. Russia's Igor Kunitsyn defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the meaningless final singles match, leaving Austria with a 3-2 victory

Two-time champion Russia lost its opening series for a second straight year.

On Friday, Melzer won Austria's first point against Igor Kunitsyn and Bogolomov made his Davis Cup debut but lost to Andreas Haider-Maurer. Russia won Saturday's doubles.

Haider-Maurer and Kunitsyn were to play the meaningless final singles match later Sunday.

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