Friday, 20 October, 2017

Serbia into Davis Cup semis after doubles win vs. Spain

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Damon Campbell | 10 April, 2017, 02:31

France made the semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Britain in Rouen.

Spain captain Conchita Martinez believes her team still has the armoury to beat Serbia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals this weekend despite the absence of 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Spain, a five-time champion, is trying to make the semifinals for the first time since 2012.

But eight years on and Nadal has opted out of the trip to Belgrade, choosing to rest ahead of the imminent clay court season and his prime target - a 10th French Open title.

Nenad Zimonjic (R) and Viktor Troicki (L) of Serbia celebrate winning against Pablo Carreno Busta and Marc Lopez of Spain after their doubles match for the Tennis Davis Cup World Group quarter final between Serbia and Spain, in Belgrade, Serbia, 08 April 2017. But the U.S hasn't won the Davis Cup since 2007, and Australia not since 2003. They were fantastic the whole week.

With the elbow now healed, Djokovic said earlier this week at Davis Cup that he enjoyed the time off to spend with his wife and family.

But it didn't happen and the Serbian player won in straight sets. "But today we were able to regroup and get a win".

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Novak Djokovic said "things are a bit different now" as he puts more focus on staying health. "I am really looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we will finish with a victory".

World number 79 Thompson stunned world number 15 Jack Sock 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 before Kyrgios saw off John Isner 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5).

The controversial 21-year-old Kyrgios revealed that Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt had asked him to be the team's leader and he had been happy to accept the challenge. "We are going to prepare well for it".

They prevailed after three hours and 50 minutes, firing 48 winners and converting four of nine break chances.

"I am glad there was to be no final twist in the fifth set as it was an emotionally and physically exhausting encounter", Troicki said. "It was a very tough match. That's their strength, they have 10 players they can rotate and are risky on any surface".

Johnson and Sock recovered from losing the first set in Brisbane to take the lead, though they needed a decider to come out on top 3-6 6-3 6-2 2-6 6-3.

The winners of the tie will face either Serbia or Spain in the semi-finals. David Goffin will look to wrap up proceedings when he faces Paolo Lorenzi in Sunday's reverse singles.

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