Serbia is thru to the Davis Cup semi-finals following a comeback 2-1 win over Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
Mikhail Kukushkin collected the opening level for Kazakhstan, beating Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (11), after saving 4 match factors. The match lasted three hours and 18 minutes.
World no.1 Novak Djokovic saved Serbia’s hopes alive for a semi-final spot within the second match of the day when he cruised previous Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-4 in a single hour and 16 minutes.
Novak broke within the fourth recreation to seal the opening set. The second set adopted the same sample with Djokovic as soon as once more getting a break, this time within the third recreation. The Serbian ace, who lead his workforce to the Davis Cup title in 2010, received 91 % of factors on his first serve (29/32).
Match statistics: aces (4-12), double faults (3-7), winners (11-4), unforced errors (9-15), complete factors received (72-54).
Within the deciding doubles match, Novak Djokovic and Nikola Cacic teamed as much as beat Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-2, 2-6, 6-3.
“I’m happy with the combating spirit. We dropped off within the second set, however we managed to bounce again and held our nerves. The beginning of the third set was essential. I’m happy with Nikola and happy with this workforce,” Novak mentioned on courtroom.
Serbia will face Croatia in Friday’s semi-final on the Madrid Enviornment (16:00 CET).
Schedule of play:
Dusan Lajovic – Borna Gojo
Novak Djokovic – Marin Cilic
Novak Djokovic/Nikola Cicic – Mate Pavic/Nikola Mektic
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