Spain, Russia in Davis Cup

PARIS - Defending champions Spain booked a showdown with France as Russia also eased into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup World Group here yesterday.

PARIS - Defending champions Spain booked a showdown with France as Russia also eased into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup World Group here yesterday.

Croatia, the 2005 champions, and the Czech Republic had already assured their places in the last eight on Saturday.

In Logrono, world number 16 David Ferrer scored the winning point for Spain as he easily saw off Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 to give the hosts an unbeatable 3-1 lead over Switzerland.

Mikhail Youzhny eased Russia into the last eight in Moscow when he beat Somdev Devvarman of India in straight sets.

France maintained their 72-year domination of Germany when Michael Llodra and Julien Benneteau defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber and Christopher Kas 6-1, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in Toulon on Saturday.

Germany got a point back yesterday when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was forced to retire with Simon Greul leading 4-6, 6-2, 1-0. - Sapa-AFP

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