Davis Cup Tennis 2016: Final Scores and Results from Quarter-Finals Bracket

Tom Beck@@twjbeckContributor IJuly 17, 2016

Britain's Kyle Edmund, front, drops to his knees in celebration after having won his Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, July 17, 2016. Britain advanced to the Davis Cup semifinals after having defeated Serbia in Belgrade. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)
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Kyle Edmund secured Great Britain's place in the semi-finals of the 2016 Davis Cup with a three-set victory over Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in Belgrade, Serbia, on Sunday.

Edmund won 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) to down his opponent and confirm an unassailable 3-1 advantage to seal Britain's passage into the final four. 

Elsewhere, Argentina made their way into the semis after Federico Delbonis beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 to force a 3-1 win. France have also added their name to the next stage of the competition after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Jiri Vesely in four sets. 

Read on for full classification from Sunday's quarter-final results and a recap of the day's action.

Davis Cup 2016 Sunday's Results
Great Britain vs. Serbia3-1
France vs. Czech Republic3-1
United States vs. Croatia2-0*
Argentina vs. Italy3-1

For the updated draw and schedule, visit the ATP's official website.


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World No. 67 Edmund—who also won Friday's singles opener—produced a thrilling display to down his Serbian opponent and establish his country's position in the next stage following Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot's doubles win on Saturday.

The titleholders will now play Argentina at home in September following their impressive win, as Edmund's powerful forehand proved to be too effective for Lajovic.

Andy Murray's decision not to participate on the back of his second Wimbledon title left Edmund as the titleholders' highest-ranked player.

At 21 years old, he showed great maturity to hold his nerve to complete the task in straight sets. Great Britain reached the semi-finals of the competition for just the second time since 1981, per DavisCup.com.

BBC Sport provided footage of Edmund speaking after his triumphant day on the court:

BBC Sport @BBCSport

Kyle Edmund reflects on one of the biggest wins of his career. https://t.co/vUvgggJwSB #DavisCup #bbctennis https://t.co/VoDlqqqtdO

The slow, outdoor clay court appeared to favour the Brit over his rival right from the off on Sunday, and Edmund rarely looked uncomfortable with Lajovic's replies. Full of confidence following his impressive win over Janko Tipsarevic earlier on, Edmund was imperious as he took the opening set with a pair of aces to the joy of the British travelling contingent.

The healthy following appeared to boost the Englishman's high-flying morale further and played their part in the historic result.

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An array of well-struck backhands midway through the second set further established Edmund's position, but his 26-year-old opponent refused to lie down and took the third set to a tiebreak to extend his time on court.

Buoyed by the British following, Edmund then held his nerve to serve for the match and complete the task in two hours and 34 minutes, per DavisCup.com.

Per Matthew Henry of BBC Sport, Edmund said:

You want to win for your country. When you know what is at stake - I'm so pleased that I've won. When you're out there you are in the moment and trying to win every point. Lajovic missed the backhand down the line - when you see that you feel so happy.

When you play away, and the home player gains momentum the crowd bite into that. The crowd got louder and louder. It was tough getting broken.

Great Britain captain Leon Smith was predictably thrilled with the result, per Davis Cup:

Davis Cup @DavisCup

This is what it means to Great Britain's captain @LeonSmith to have made it through to another #DavisCup semifinal https://t.co/Herpvenxw9

France and Argentina Seal Progression

Meanwhile, Sunday was also a joyous day for the players from France and Argentina. Per DavisCup.com, Tsonga ended France's 90-year wait for victory on Czech soil with his four-set victory, 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-5.

The world No. 10 failed to capture his best form in the opening set of the clash, as he was broken by Vesely at 3-2 with a drop shot into a forehand pass. However, the Frenchman wrestled back momentum the longer the tie went on. 

Captain of French Davis Cup team Yannick Noah (C) celebrates with teammates after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France won over Jiri Vesely of Czech Republic at the Davis Cup quarter-final match Czech Republic vs France on July 17, 2016 in Trinec.  / AFP / Michal

Per DavisCup.com, Tsonga hit 20 winners in the third set alone to further demonstrate his hold on the afternoon's action. Vesely's dangerous serve continued to test Tsonga throughout the affair, but the 31-year-old held on.

The Czech player couldn't take either of the three break opportunities on offer midway through the fourth set, and after he struck a drop shot into the net during the tiebreak, Tsonga finally made him pay to wrap up a famous win. 

Tsonga took to Twitter to display his delight after securing victory:  

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga @tsonga7

#TeamFranceTennis #DavisCup 🇫🇷👏🏾🎉 https://t.co/9z8kA1Nnu4

For Argentina, it was another 3-1 win that saw them stamp their place in the next stage of the competition. They will now face current holders Britain. 

Delbonis was forced to work hard for victory in Pesaro after dropping the third set 3-6 but bravely worked himself back into contention to seal advancement and Argentina's 11th semi-final appearance in the last 15 years, per DavisCup.com.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 24:  Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain plays a forehand during the Men's Singles first round match against Federico Delbonis of Argentina on day three of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on May 24, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Den
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Likewise with Team GB, the Argentine fans produced a warming atmosphere for their compatriot despite being considerably outnumbered courtside.

Their side face an uphill task when they come head-to-head with the current holders—who are expected to welcome three-time Grand Slam winner Murray back into their lineupin two months' time. 


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