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Britain moves ahead as rains hit Davis Cup

Paris — Defending champions Great Britain shrugged off the absence of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray to lead their Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia on Friday as heavy rain brought havoc to the tournament.

Kyle Edmund eased past Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in Belgrade before the scheduled second singles rubber was postponed until Saturday.

In Pesaro, torrential rain delayed the start of the quarter-final between Italy and Argentina by three hours.

When they did get under way Federico Delbonis defeated veteran Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3).

The scheduled second singles rubber of the day between Fabio Fognini and Juan Monaco was pushed back to Saturday.

In Trinec, meanwhile, the Czech Republic and France were tied 1-1 after the opening rubbers as both number-two players beat the team leaders.

World number 78 Lukas Rosol stunned 10th-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4.

Lucas Pouille, ranked 21st, then swept 50th-ranked Jiri Vesely 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 7-5 to level the tie.

At the Tasmajdan stadium in Belgrade, which is built on the site of a Roman-era quarry, world number 67 Edmund registered his first ever Davis Cup win.

“To get us off to a good start was great. Each set I really found my game. I was very pleased with my win,’’ said Edmund after a match interrupted twice due to rain.

“We played three games before it rained. I wanted to get the intensity high from the first game back. I managed it when he broke back in the second set.