World no. 1 Novak Djokovic earned the 52nd victory of the season, beating Dennis Novak at the Davis Cup Finals in Innsbruck to propel Serbia over the top against Austria. In the opening match of the tie, Dusan Lajovic battled past Gerald Melzer 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 in two hours and 42 minutes, prevailing with a late break in the final set to send Serbia in front.
As was expected, Novak Djokovic defeated Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-2 in 58 minutes to secure the overall win for his country. Djokovic earned the 16th consecutive Davis Cup singles triumph with a strong performance on serve and return, dropping six points behind the initial shot and never facing break points.
Novak Djokovic defeated Dennis Novak at the Davis Cup Finals in Innsbruck.
Taming the rival's serve superbly, Novak secured three breaks from five opportunities to bring the victory home in style and put Serbia in front ahead of the next clash against Germany.
Djokovic made a strong start and held at love with a service winner in the opening game. The Austrian responded nicely in the second game to get his name on the scoreboard and level the score at 1-1. The world's leading player delivered another hold at love to open a 2-1 gap, and his rival fired another powerful serve in the next one for a hold at 15 and 2-2 in swift ten minutes.
The Serb grabbed the fifth game with a backhand down the line winner but was yet to cause damage on the return, as Novak held in game six to lock the result at 3-3. Staying calm, Djokovic brought the seventh game home with an unreturned serve and seized the break in the next one to open a 5-3 gap.
The Serb wrapped up the set with a hold at 15 in game nine after 30 minutes, hoping for more in set number two. Djokovic grabbed an early break at the beginning of the second set and repeated that two games later to open a 3-0 gap and move closer to the finish line.
Returners barely took a point in the following five games, and Djokovic controlled the pace in his games to emerge at the top. Serving for the victory at 5-2, Novak placed a backhand down the line winner to seal the deal and extend his winning Davis Cup streak.