Davis Cup: Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Spain
Davis Cup: Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Spain
Missing Miami title defence was refreshing, says Djokovic
10 April, 2017, 02:34
He withdrew from the recent Miami Open because of a lingering right elbow injury.
"I was especially happy with my serve".
"All their players develop through the Davis Cup as a very important competition for their system, which in turn generates support from the French Tennis Federation".
Serbia has reached the semifinals for the first time in four years.
The 24-year-old La Marsa-native upset former top-10er and current world No56 Marcos Baghdatis (who just last year was a runner-up at the ATP 500 Dubai tournament) 7-5, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 4-6, 6-1 in the second rubber of the tie to give the Tunisians a 2-0 lead. "I'm very glad to play for my country and get the opening point".
Serbia will travel to France for the semi-finals from September 15-17, but with the clash coming just five days after the US Open in NY, the world number two was asked to confirm he will play.
"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.
"Of course I wanted to be on court and defend my title but it just didn't happen this time", Djokovic told a news conference in the Serbian capital's Aleksandar Nikolic arena.
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"I have lost my best game in the last few months", Djokovic, whose French Open win in June previous year allowed him to complete the career Grand Slam, told reporters after securing a 12th successive Davis Cup singles win. The crowd was unbelievable.
That left world number 14 Goffin to double down and he beat Seppi 6-4 6-3 6-3.
World number 17 Lucas Pouille, playing as France's number one in the absence of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, beat Kyle Edmund 7-5 7-6 (6) 6-3 before Jeremy Chardy crushed Dan Evans 6-2 6-3 6-3.
"I am really looking forward to performing in front of our fans". It was a really nice atmosphere - the stadium is fantastic.
Belgium, runners-up in 2015 to Great Britain, are seeking their second semi-final appearance in three years, while the Italians are bidding for their first since 2014.
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