Britain, Austria reach Davis Cup world group

Updated: September 22, 2007, 2:48 PM ET
Reuters

BELGRADE -- Britain and Austria took winning 3-0 leads against their playoff opponents to reach the Davis Cup world group after Saturday's doubles.

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Tim Henman and Jamie Murray recovered from a set down to beat Croatia's Marin Cilic and Lovro Zovko on Wimbledon's No. 1 court and put Britain in the top flight for the first time since 2003 at the expense of the 2005 winners.

Henman got a rapturous send off from the home crowd after playing the last match of his career before retiring.

In Innsbruck, Julian Knowle and Juergen Melzer brushed aside former French Open winner Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Sa 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 to hand Austria a 3-0 victory over Brazil.

Czech Republic claimed a 2-1 lead over Switzerland in Prague after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek staged a remarkable comeback to beat Roger Federer and Yves Allegro 3-6, 5-7, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Serbia was also 2-1 up against Australia in Belgrade after Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic outgunned Lleyton Hewitt and Paul Hanley 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Japan took a 2-1 lead over Romania in Osaka while South Korea was ahead of Slovakia by the same score in Bratislava after Hyung Taik Lee and Kyu Tae Im raced to a 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Lukas Lacko and Michal Mertinak.

Israel had a 2-1 advantage over Chile at home while Peru was leading Belarus 2-0 in Lima after Luis Horna came back from two sets down to beat Vladimir Voltchkov 3-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in four hours 56 minutes of enthralling tennis.

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