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Tennis: Murray lifts Britain into Davis Cup quarter-finals

Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey in four sets Sunday to send Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1986. Wimbledon champion Murray posted his second singles victory of the tie, downing Querrey 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-3 to capture the needed third point in the best-of-five match tie. Britain had seized a commanding 2-0 lead on the opening day on Friday as 175th-ranked James Ward pulled off a remarkable comeback win over Querrey.

Tennis: Murray lifts Britain into Davis Cup quarter-finals

Andy Murray beat Sam Querrey in four sets Sunday to send Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1986. Wimbledon champion Murray posted his second singles victory of the season, downing Querrey 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 6-1, 6-3 to capture the needed third point in the best-of-five match tie. Britain had seized a commanding 2-0 lead on the opening day on Friday as 175th-ranked James Ward pulled off a remarkable comeback win over Querrey.

Tennis: Bryans keep US alive against Britain

Bob and Mike Bryan kept America alive in their Davis Cup World Group first-round tie against Great Britain on Saturday with a four-set doubles win over Colin Fleming and Dominic Inglot. With world number six Andy Murray -- originally slated for doubles duty -- taking the day off, the Bryan brothers defeated Fleming and Murray's replacement Inglot 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to pull the Americans within 1-2 in the best-of-five match tie.

Tennis: Ward upsets Querrey to give Brits 2-0 lead

James Ward rallied to shock Sam Querrey in five sets as Great Britain seized a 2-0 lead over the United States in their Davis Cup World Group opener on Friday. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray set the tone, breezing past Davis Cup newcomer Donald Young in straight sets as Britain moved closer to a berth in the Davis Cup quarter-finals. Ward won 10 of the last 11 games to come from behind and beat Querrey 1-6, 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, while Murray needed just 98 minutes to dispatch world number 79 Young 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.

Del Potro strolls to Sydney title, Isner aces Auckland

By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro served notice of his strong form ahead of the Australian Open when he crushed defending champion Bernard Tomic 6-3 6-1 in the final of the Sydney International on Saturday. The 2009 U.S. Open champion simply overpowered the talented but inconsistent Australian on Ken Rosewall Arena, bringing the one-sided contest to a close with a booming service winner after 53 minutes.

Tennis: Auckland ATP result

Final result from the Auckland Open on Saturday (x denotes seed): Final John Isner (USA x3) bt Lu Yen-hsun (TPE) 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (9/7) afp

Tennis: Big-serving Isner wins Auckland Open

Big-serving American John Isner beat Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun in two tight sets in the Auckland Open final on Saturday to complete his preparations for next week's Australian Open in style. The world number 14 edged Lu 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (9/7) to win the eighth title of his career in a match with no service breaks. The tall American relied heavily on his rocket serve, sending down 23 aces, and after being taken to break point in his first service game was never seriously threatened on serve again.

Tennis: Isner edges Taiwan's Lu to win Auckland Open

Big-serving American John Isner beat Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun in two tight sets in the Auckland Open final on Saturday to complete his preparations for next week's Australian Open in style. The world number 14 edged Lu 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (9/7) to win the eighth title of his career -- and his second in Auckland -- in a match with no service breaks. "This is the only title I've won outside the US. This is an amazing feeling. I will cherish this one for sure," Isner said.

Tennis: Ferrer flops as Taiwan's Lu sets up Isner final

Defending champion David Ferrer crashed out of the Auckland Open semi-finals Friday when Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun staged a stunning upset to set up a tournament decider against American John Isner. Lu defeated the world number three and top seed 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), shattering the Spaniard's dream of winning a record-breaking fifth Auckland title and denting his confidence ahead of next week's Australian Open Grand Slam.

Tennis: Ferrer claws through to Auckland semis

Top seed David Ferrer snuffed out a determined challenge from fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Auckland Open. American John Isner, seeded third, also advanced into the final four, along with Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun and Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. World number three Ferrer, who is seeking a record fifth title in the warm-up event for this month's Australian Open, looked to be cruising to victory as he took the first set 6-3, then broke Garcia-Lopez in the first game of the second.
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