VARAZDIN, Croatia (AP) — Mikhail Kukushkin beat Borna Coric in 3 1/2 hours for Kazakhstan to tie with Croatia 1-1 in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Friday.
Despite a much lower ranking, Kukushkin improved his record against Coric to 3-0 after winning 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2.
Marin Cilic earned Croatia the first point by dispatching Dmitry Popko 6-2, 6-1, 6-2.
Davis Cup: Kazakhstan wins doubles to lead Argentina 2-1
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Kazakhstan is on the verge of sending last year's Davis Cup champion Argentina out of the top-tier World Group after winning Saturday's doubles rubber.
Timur Khabibulin and Alexander Nedovesov recovered from losing the first set to beat Argentina's Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 5-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 in just under 3 1 /2 hours.
That gives Kazakhstan a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five match.
Davis Cup: Argentina and Kazakhstan 1-1 in playoff
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Argentina and Kazakhstan finished the first day of their Davis Cup World Group playoff at 1-1 on Friday.
Kazakh veteran leader Mikhail Kukushkin lost the first set against Guido Pella but responded strongly to win the opening singles 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-4 in nearly four hours.
Pella was consistently strong in the first two sets before mistakes crept into his game, the Argentine posting 23 unforced errors in the fourth against 14 for Kukushkin.