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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Power Past Dutch in Davis Cup

ReutersDavydenko, right, celebrating with Andreyev in Amsterdam on Saturday.
LONDON -- Russia, defending champion Croatia, Argentina, France, Belarus and Chile advanced to the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup on Saturday by winning doubles rubbers to seal unbeatable 3-0 leads.

In Amsterdam, Russia's Igor Andreyev and Mikhail Youzhny beat the Netherlands' Raemon Sluiter and John Van Lottum 6-2, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to make the overall score in the tie 3-0.

Nikolai Davydenko and Dmitry Tursunov won singles matches for the 2002 champion on Friday.

Youzhny was a late choice after Davydenko decided to rest for the reverse singles. "Youzhny's serves decided the match," Van Lottum said. "They were too difficult to handle. It also matters that their four players are in the top 60." The Russians extended their overall record against the Dutch to 5-0 and will play at France in the quarterfinals.

France and Russia played each other in last year's quarterfinals, with Russia winning in Moscow.

In Minsk, Belarus' Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov defeated Spain's Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (2), 6-4, 7-5. The win extended Belarus' unbeaten streak at home to 10 ties since 1995. "Belarus turned out to be prepared better, but that does not mean that our preparation for the match was wrong," said Emilio Sanchez Vicario in his debut as Spain captain.

"We defeated one of the strongest teams in the world, and it doesn't matter who [we] play next," Belarus captain Dmitri Tatur said.

French pair Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement beat Alexander Waske and Tommy Haas 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 in Halle, Germany. "France will have to be reckoned with in the Davis Cup," said Haas, whose German side qualified for the World Group after two years out. "We weren't good enough today."

In Buenos Aires, Argentines David Nalbandian and Agustin Calleri beat Jonas Bjorkman and Simon Aspelin 6-2, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4. Nalbandian looked forward to the tie with Croatia in April. "Croatia's not going to be easy. They're a tough rival and they have some very good players, especially on their favorite hardcourt surface."