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Sports log: US advances to Davis Cup quarters


Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla., to give the United States a dramatic 3-2 victory over Brazil and a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals. The United States will host Serbia in the next round in Boise, Idaho, from April 5-7. Querrey stepped up after teammate John Isner lost, 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 6-3, to Thomaz Bellucci earlier, forcing the deciding fifth match. It was the first time since 2000 that a US team needed to win the fifth match to advance. In Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada upset shorthanded Spain to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Milos Raonic defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, in the opening reverse singles match to give Canada an insurmountable 3-1 lead. Canada will next play Italy in April . . . Unseeded Mona Barthel of Germany won her second career title, upsetting top-seeded Sara Errani of Italy, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), in the Open GDF Suez final in Paris . . . Maria Kirilenko of Russia won the Pattaya Open in Thailand by coming from a set down to beat Sabine Lisicki. Kirilenko dominated a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Lisicki, 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), for her first title since 2008 . . . Rafael Nadal has decided to make his comeback at the VTR Open in Vina Del Mar, Chile, after sitting out for more than seven months with an injured left knee. The tournament is sold out starting Tuesday when Nadal opens in doubles with partner Juan Monaco. Nadal gets a bye into the second round of singles and starts Wednesday against little-known Argentine Guido Pella or a qualifier . . . Sloane Stephens is pulling out of the US Fed Cup team’s upcoming first-round matches against Italy because of a strained abdominal muscle. Melanie Oudin will replace her on the US roster for the Feb. 9-10 matches on indoor red clay at Rimini, Italy.

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