USA brush aside Serbia in Davis Cup, Switzerland crash out

The United States have booked their place in the quarter-final of the 2018 Davis Cup after easing past Serbia.

The Americans took an unassailable 3-0 lead in Nis after Steve Johnson and Ryan Harrison came from a set down to see off Nikola Milojevic and Miljan Zekic 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 in the doubles.

That result came on the back of an excellent opening day for the visitors as Sam Querrey got the better of Laslo Djere in a 6-7(4-7), 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 tussle while John Isner came out on top in a marathon five-setter against Dusan Lajovic, with the final score 6-4, 6-7(5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(7-4).

The Americans will face either Belgium, who finished runners-up to France last year, or Hungary in the quarter-finals.

“We are thrilled to be in the quarter-finals and most likely a home tie,” United States captain Jim Courier said.

“That would be nice, it would give these guys a chance to play back in the US as we have played the last two on the road, so we are looking forward to that opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Switzerland went down 3-0 against Kazakhstan.

Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov wrapped up the tie with a 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(5-7) 6-3 victory over Marc-Andrea Huesler and Luca Margaroli.

Switzerland were without their Grand Slam winners Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka and they fell behind 2-0 on Friday when Henri Laaksonen and Adrian Bodmer lost against Dmitry Popko and Mikhail Kukushki respectively.

Kazakhstan will take on either Croatia or Canada in the last eight.