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first_imgThe victory, in sweltering temperatures, was crucial for The victory, in sweltering temperatures, was crucial for Lleyton Hewitts Australians, who lost the opening singles rubber when Sam Groth went down to world number 11 John Isner 7-6 (7/2) 6-2 6-2.The winner of that tie will face either last years runners-up Belgium or 2005 champions Croatia.Former US Open champion Marin Cilic gave Croatia a winning start in Liege, seeing off Kimmer Coppejans 7-5 6-3 7-5 before David Goffin levelled by seeing off teenager Borna Coric 6-3 6-2 2-6 3-6 6-3.In Pesaro, Paolo Lorenzi won the longest tiebreak in Davis Cup World Group history to give Italy a 1-0 lead over 2014 champions Switzerland, who are without Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.Lorenzo defeated 34-year-old Marco Chiudinelli, ranked at a lowly 146, in five sets, 7-6 (16/14) 6-3 4-6 5-7 7-5 in a rubber that last 15 minutes short of five hours.The winner will face either Poland or Argentina, who are playing in Gdansk.Guido Pella defeated Michal Przysiezny 6-1 6-4 7-6 (7/5) to give Argentina, runners-up three times since 2006, an early lead. That became 2-0 when Leonardo Mayer beat world number 602 Hubert Hurkacz 6-2 7-6 (7/3) 6-2. In Guadeloupe, Yannick Noahs first match in his second spell as France captain got off to a winning start when Gael Monfils eased past Frank Dancevic 6-3 6-1 6-3 in the tie against Canada.The winners face either Germany or the Czech Republic, champions in 2012 and 2013, in the next round.World number 30 Philipp Kohlschreiber gave Germany the lead in Hanover with a 3-6 6-3 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory over Lukas Rosol.advertisementCzech number one Tomas Berdych will face 18-year-old debutant Alexander Zverev in the second singles rubber. AFP SSC SSClast_img read more