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