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Germany and Serbia face off in final

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:29

Germany, especially, survived a nervous finish to their match against Sweden. Robin Soderling had put the Scandinavians ahead overnight with a 6-0 6-0 victory over Rainer Schuettler but Germany levelled when Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Andreas Vinciguerra 6-1 6-2.

That meant victory in the Red Group, and a place in the final, would come down to the doubles clash between Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev and Soderling and Robert Lindstedt. They shared the opening two sets and it was the German pair who came through 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 13-11 having saved a match point in the match tie-break.

Serbia also came from behind overnight to defeat Italy 2-1 on Friday with Janko Tipsarevic beating Francesco Piccari 6-2 6-3 before Nenad Zimonjic and Victor Troicki saw off Piccari and Andreas Seppi 6-0 7-6 (7/5).

Also in the Blue Group, Argentina beat Russia 3-0, with Maximo Gonzalez – a late replacement for Juan Monaco, who is recovering from a wrist injury – victorious in singles and doubles.

However, Serbia’s victory put an end to their final hopes.

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