Argentina advance to semis
David Nalbandian secured Argentina a place in the Davis Cup semi-finals. France, Serbia and the Czech Republic also progressed.
Last Updated: 11/07/10 6:54pm
David Nalbandian clinched Argentina's place in the Davis Cup semi-finals with victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in the decisive rubber in Moscow.
Russian number one Nikolay Davydenko had earlier beaten Eduardo Schwank in the first of Sunday's reverse singles to level the tie at 2-2.
But Nalbandian beat Youzhny 7-6 (7/5) 6-4 6-3 in two hours and 26 minutes to ensure Argentina progressed to a last-four meeting with France.
Schwank could have won it for Argentina earlier on the final day but, after winning the opening set, he was outplayed by world number six Davydenko.
Davydenko prevailed 4-6 6-3 6-1 6-4 but Nalbandian had the final say to inflict Russia's first home defeat in Davis Cup competition for 14 years.
France, meanwhile, already held an unassailable 3-0 lead over defending champions Spain going into the final day and duly completed a whitewash thanks to wins for Gilles Simon and Julien Benneteau in the dead rubbers.
Simon beat Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (9/7) while Benneteau saw off Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.
Serbia are also through to their maiden semi-final appearance after beating Croatia 4-1 in Split.
The visitors held a 2-1 lead overnight and world number two Novak Djokovic took them over the line with a 6-3 6-3 6-2 demolition of Marin Cilic.
"Personally, I had a lot of responsibility with the weight on my back before this tie, but right now I feel so relieved that we won," said Djokovic.
"We won in one of the toughest atmospheres against a team that has a lot of success in this competition."
Janko Tipsarevic added a fourth point for Serbia with a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) win against Antonio Veic.
Serbia will host the Czech Republic in the semi-finals, which are scheduled for September 17-19.
The Czechs, leading 3-0 overnight, shared the dead rubbers with Chile in Coquimbo to complete a 4-1 success.
Jorge Aguilar got the hosts on the board with a 6-1 7-6 (8/6) win over Czech Lukas Dlouhy, while Dlouhy's team-mate Ivo Minar saw off Cristobal Saavedra-Corvalan 7-6 (7-2) 6-2.