Sam Querrey beat Thiago Alves 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday to give the United States a 3-2 victory over Brazil and a spot in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Jacksonville, Fla.

The U.S. will host Novak Djokovic and Serbia on April 5-7 in Boise, Idaho.

Querrey stepped up after teammate John Isner lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 to Thomaz Bellucci earlier Sunday, forcing a deciding fifth match.

"I was very happy with the way I battled through (the match)," the 20th-ranked Querrey said.

Visiting Serbia lost both reverse singles matches to Belgium in Charlerol after it qualified for the quarterfinals a day earlier.

Tomas Berdych needed just around three hours to beat Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) and lift the Czech Republic to an insurmountable 3-1 lead over host Switzerland in Geneva. Both were on the court one day after playing in a 7-hour, 1-minute doubles match. The defending champion Czechs earned a home quarterfinal against Kazakhstan.

Miscellany

Lionel Messi scored his 34th Spanish league goal of the season from the penalty spot, but first-place Barcelona was held to a 1-1 draw by Valencia.

  • Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, a star of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s and an inspiration for the movie "A League of Their Own," died of natural causes in Los Angeles. She was 88. Paire-Davis was a model for Geena Davis' character in the 1992 film.