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Davis Cup: Netherlands Lead Germany

April 6, 2001

LONDON (AP) _ Jan Siemerink and Raemon Sluiter won matches as the Netherlands, seeking its first Davis Cup semifinal berth, took a 2-0 quarterfinal lead over Germany on Friday.

Roared on by a capacity crowd at the indoor court in Hertogenbosch, Siemerink beat Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3, and Sluiter edged David Prinosil 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

The Netherlands, playing without the injured Richard Krajicek, is 0-6 against Germany dating to 1933.

In other World Group quarterfinals, Brazil and Australia split their opening singles matches, Sweden led Russia 2-0, and France had a 2-0 lead over Switzerland.

At Florianopolis, Brazil, Gustavo Kuerten led Pat Rafter 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 2-1 when the Australian star retired because of an elbow injury. In the second match, Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt beat Fernando Meligeni 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

At Malmoe, Sweden, Thomas Johansson outlasted Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (10), 3-6, 6-2, and Magnus Norman beat Mikhail Youzhny 7-6 (9), 6-4, 6-2. The Russians were weakened by the absence of U.S. Open champion Marat Safin, who pulled out on the eve of the match because of a back injury.

At Neuchatel, Switzerland, Arnaud Clement beat Marc Rosset 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (6-8), 15-13. At 5 hours, 47 minutes, the match was one of the longest in Davis Cup history. In the second match, Nicolas Escude downed Roger Federer 6-4, 6-7 (1), 6-3, 6-4.

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