Switzerland cruises into the quarterfinals

Switzerland carved out an unassailable 3-0 lead over Serbia in their Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie in Novi Sad after Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer beat Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic 76(3) 36 76(2) 62 in Saturday’s doubles.

The Swiss will move on to play either Belgium or Kazakhstan in the last eight while 2010 winners and last season’s runners-up Serbia have dropped into the World Group playoffs.

The Serbs, who had hoped to get back into the tie after losing both opening singles on Friday, will rue the opportunities they missed to swing the knife-edged contest their way as they squandered several vital break points when they could have gained the upper hand.

The visitors, in contrast, took their chances with some aplomb to turn Sunday’s reverse singles into dead rubbers.