Paris: Short-handed five-time champions Spain crashed out of the Davis Cup when Canada completed a famous World Group triumph while 32-time winners United States were locked in a dogfight against Brazil.
     
Milos Raonic secured the crucial winning point in Vancouver by beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to send Canada into their first Davis Cup quarter-final.
     
They will tackle Italy in April for a place in the semi-finals. Missing top players Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro and Fernando Verdasco, Spain, winners of the title three times in the last five years, and the 2012 runners-up, had been 2-0 down on Friday.
     
Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez kept their hopes alive with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-2 victory over Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in Saturday's doubles.
     
But Raonic, the world number 15, was unstoppable on Sunday firing 22 aces and 55 winners past the hapless Garcia-Lopez, the world 82, as Spain were beaten in the opening round for the first time since 2006.
     
The United States headed into a deciding rubber in Jacksonville, Florida after Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci battled back to defeat John Isner 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-3. Isner fired 22 aces in the clash but also committed 81 unforced errors.
     
The US had been 2-0 ahead on Friday before twins Bob and Mike Bryan suffered a stunning loss in the doubles -- just the third of their Davis Cup career -- to Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares, going down 7-6 (8/6), 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Sam Querrey will meet Thiago Alves in the deciding rubber later on Sunday.
     
The winners of the tie will meet 2010 champions Serbia who had already defeated Belgium.
     
Tomas Berdych beat Stanislas Wawrinka in a battle of Davis Cup ironmen as defending champions Czech Republic reached the quarter-finals.

(Agencies)

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