Monday, 19 November, 2018

Serbia sweep into Davis Cup semi-finals

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Frederick Owens | 09 April, 2017, 05:08

Djokovic, part of Serbia's Davis Cup winning team in 2010, said that, although he is aware he is the highest ranked player featuring in any of the World Group quarter-finals, it is not all about how he performs on the court.

Serbia, who had been given a flying start by 12-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic on Friday on his comeback from an elbow injury, completed a 3-0 victory over Spain in Belgrade.

Meanwhile, Marcos Baghdatis's record-breaking run of 36 consecutive Davis Cup wins, which stretched back 14 years, was ended yeserday when the Cypriot veteran lost to Tunisia's Moez Echargui.

World number two Djokovic, who has struggled this year and missed the Miami Open with an elbow injury, produced a solid performance to beat Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4 6-2 in Belgrade as Serbia also moved 2-0 ahead in their tie.

Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut won the doubles pointing sending France into the Davis Cup semifinals for the third time in the last four years.

The 35-year-old Mahut, who partnered Benneteau to win the Marseille title earlier this season, went flying into the stands at one point to retrieve a smash-then hit a scrambling shot while bouncing into the crowd.

"The atmosphere was great", Pouille said, praising the home support at the Kindarena in Rouen.

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"Of course, we lack depth, that's pretty bloody obvious", said Smith.

"Playing for our country in the official team competition - the only official team competition we have in this sport - is definitely very special for me personally and for all of us as a team".

Steve Johnson and Jack Sock kept United States in with a chance of making the semi-finals by winning a thrilling doubles encounter against Australian duo Sam Groth and John Peers, though they still trail 2-1.

Australia had taken a 2-0 lead on Friday when Jordan Thompson stunned Sock and Nick Kyrgios eased past John Isner.

Belgium was denied by Italy in Charleroi, where Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Jons De Loore 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in almost four hours.

In Sunday's reverse singles, Goffin will face Paolo Lorenzi while Darcis takes on Seppi.

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