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Last Updated: Monday, 7 March, 2005, 04:15 GMT
Croatia spring Davis Cup surprise
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Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic
Argentina 5-0 Czech Republic
Australia 5-0 Austria
France 3-2 Sweden
Romania 3-2 Belarus
Russia 4-1 Chile
Slovakia 4-1 Spain
Switzerland 2-3 Netherlands
USA 2-3 Croatia
Ivan Ljubicic battled past world number three Andy Roddick 4-6 6-3 7-6 (13-11) 6-7 (7-9) 6-2 to give Croatia a sensational Davis Cup win over the US.

Ljubicic's shock victory put Croatia into an unassailable 3-1 lead, meaning Bob Bryan's 6-2 3-6 6-1 win over Roko Karanusic counted for nothing.

Paul-Henri Mathieu led France to a 3-2 victory over Sweden, surviving a tense four-setter against Thomas Johansson.

Mathieu won 6-1 6-4 6-7 6-4 to spring a minor upset.

Meanwhile, Marat Safin won an epic five-set battle to take Russia through at the expense of Chile.

The Australian Open champion was pushed all the way by Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 7-6 1-6 6-7 6-4 to set up a meeting with France in July.

Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of Austria in Sydney, while defending champions Spain lost 4-1 in Slovakia.

Sjeng Schalken staged a fifth-set comeback to beat Switzerland teenager Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6 6-2 6-4 2-6 9-7 and win the decisive match for the Netherlands.

And Victor Hanescu beat Vladimir Voltchkov 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 7-6 (7/6) to hand Romania a 3-2 win over Belarus.

Agustin Calleri beat Tomas Zib 6-2 6-4 to complete Argentina's 5-0 rout of the Czech Republic.


Davis Cup quarter-finals:
Slovakia v Netherlands
Australia v Argentina
Russia v France
Croatia v Romania

Ties to be played on the weekend of July 15-17



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