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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday November 28, 2021

 
Daniil Medvedev

A massive upset by Feliciano Lopez could not see Spain past Russia on Sunday in Madrid.

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Feliciano Lopez notched his biggest win in over three years, defeating Andrey Rublev, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, to give Spain a leg up over Russian on Sunday in Davis Cup action at Madrid, but Russia responded to take the tie and eliminate Spain from contention, winning Group A in Madrid and sending Serbia into the last quarterfinal spot at the Davis Cup Finals.


Daniil Medvedev took out Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2, 7-6(3), before Andrey Rublev and Aslan Karatsev rallied to defeat Lopez and Marcel Granollers, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Russia will face Sweden in quarterfinal action, while Serbia will take on Kazakhstan.


Lopez's first Top-10 win since 2018 was an uplifting moment for Team Spain and the fans in Madrid. After the contest Rublev had high praise for the 40-year-old World No.106.

"He was serving second serve 190 on the breakpoints, and not many players can do without double faults, and he didn't do in second and third set almost not one," Rublev said. "The way he was playing in general with the volley, he catch so many amazing balls, and he play some amazing volleys out of nowhere. He was - I don't know, today he was playing really well and he deserve to win."


Davis Cup Quarterfinals Set

Great Britain and Germany will square off in the top half of the draw, with the winner facing the Sweden v Russia winner.

In the lower half of the draw, Italy and Croatia will meet, with the winner facing either Serbia or Kazakhstan.

Earlier on Sunday Germany defeated Austria 2-1 to lock up first place in Group F, while Great Britain won Group C thanks to a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Kazakhstan blanked Canada to win Group B, Croatia defeated Hungary to win Group D. Sweden and Serbia advanced by the strength of their sets and games won.


 

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