Britain, Austria reach Davis Cup world group

9/22/2007 - Tennis

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.

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.