US eyeing Davis Cup quarter-finals

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Tommy Paul and Taylor Fritz have won their singles matches to help the United States beat Kazakhstan 2-1 to move atop of their Davis Cup Finals group.

The victory almost assures the Americans of reaching the quarter-finals with two wins from two in Group D.

Paul enjoyed a 6-1 6-4 win over Mikhail Kukushkin before Fritz defeated Alexander Bublik 7-6 (8-6) 1-6 6-3 to give the Americans an unassailable lead in Glasgow, Scotland.

Bublik and Aleksandr Nedovyesov later defeated Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock 6-2 7-6 (8-6) in the doubles match.

The Americans will now wait to see if the Netherlands can follow suit with a win over the British team on Friday.

Britain need to win after losing to the US on Wednesday. The US will then play the Dutch on Saturday.

Australia came from behind to defeat France 2-1 in their Group C tie in Hamburg, Germany.

Richard Gasquet put the French on track with a 6-2 6-4 win over Jason Kubler, but Alex De Minaur levelled the tie with a 6-3 1-6 6-4 win over Benjamin Bonzi.

Doubles pairing Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell completed the victory by beating Nicolas Mahut and Arthur Rinderknech 6-4 6-4.

The Australians lead the table with two wins, ahead of Germany who play Belgium on Friday. The French team lost to Germany on Wednesday.

Also Thursday, Serbia defeated Korea 2-1 in Group B in Valencia, and Croatia overcame Sweden 2-1 in Group A in Bologna, Italy.