Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov sealed Kazakhstan's progression ©Getty Images

Kazakhstan and United States booked their places in the Davis Cup quarter-finals by wrapping up 3-0 victories in their World Group first round ties.

Both nations went 2-0 up after the opening singles encounters yesterday and moved into unassailable leads by winning today's doubles matches.

The Kazakh team knocked out a Switzerland side minus legend of tennis Roger Federer on their home hard courts at the Daulet National Tennis Centre in Astana.

They needed five sets to win the doubles rubber, however, after Timur Khabibulin and Aleksandr Nedovyesov squandered a two set lead.

It proved not to matter as the home pairing eventually came through against Swiss duo Marc-Andrea Hüsler and Luca Margaroli 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 6-3.

American success came on away turf as they went 3-0 up against Serbia at the Čair Sports Center in Niš.

Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson won the clay court doubles rubber against Nikola Milojević and Miljan Zekić, 6-7, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4.

Serbia's top player Novak Djokovic, a 12-time grand slam champion, was not named in their line-up as he continues to battle an elbow problem.

Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson clinched victory for the United States against Serbia ©Getty Images
Ryan Harrison and Steve Johnson clinched victory for the United States against Serbia ©Getty Images

Belgium also went into today's action with a 2-0 lead but a five-set doubles defeat to Hungary means they have not yet progressed.

Attila Balázs and Márton Fucsovics won an epic five-set hard court encounter at Country Hall Liege, beating Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 7-5.

The remaining first round ties were all poised at 1-1 going into today's play, with the winning countries edging ahead.

Italy took command of their clash with hosts Japan as Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini beat Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-5, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 on hard courts at the Morioka Takaya Arena.

Holders France also went ahead against The Netherlands thanks to a victory by Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut against Robin Haase and Jean-Julien Rojer, 7-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 on Halle Olympique's hard courts in Albertville.

Elsewhere, Pablo Carreño Busta and Feliciano López put Spain ahead against Britain on the Club de Tenis Puente Romano clay courts in Marbella, with the hosts seeing off Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray 6-4, 6-4, 7-6.

In Australia, visitors Germany went 2-1 up with Tim Pütz and Jan-Lennard Struff winning a hard court clash at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena against Matthew Ebden and John Peers, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4.

There was another five-setter in Croatia as Marin Čilić and Ivan Dodig came from behind to beat Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil of Canada on clay courts at the Gradski vrt Hall in Osijek.

The home pair won 2-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2.

The remaining two singles rubbers in all of the ties are scheduled for tomorrow.