Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic propels Serbia into semi-final

Serbia defeated Great Britain in the Davis Cup Finals quarter-final

by Jovica Ilic
Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic propels Serbia into semi-final
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World no. 1 and the ATP Finals champion Novak Djokovic is back on the winning way in Malaga, helping Serbia reach the Davis Cup Finals semi-final. The 2010 Davis Cup champions took down Great Britain 2-0 in the quarter-final, with Miomir Kecmanovic and Novak Djokovic delivering the singles victories for Serbia.

The Serbs will now face Italy in the semi-final, with another clash between Djokovic and Sinner following the ATP Finals title duel. Kecmanovic and Jack Draper battled for two hours and two minutes, and Miomir scored a tight 7-6, 7-6 victory, pushing Serbia closer to the finish line.

Draper fired ten aces and defended all four break points to stay in touch. However, he failed to create a break point, feeling the pressure and falling in both tie breaks. Jack survived two challenging service games in the opener's closing stages, introducing a tie break.

Miomir stayed focused and grabbed two mini-breaks for 7-2 and a boost.

Serbia is through into the Davis Cup Finals semi-final.

The second set offered 12 commanding holds, with two rivals entering the second tie break, a must-win one for the Briton.

Draper moved 2-0 in front with an early mini-break before Kecmanovic responded with five straight points. Jack climbed back to 5-5 and defended a match point at 5-6 with a volley winner to extend the drama. Draper sprayed a forehand error in the 13th point, and Miomir seized his second match point after forcing the rival's mistake.

World no. 1 Novak Djokovic was the favorite to push Serbia into the semi-final, and he did that against Cameron Norrie. Novak toppled Cameron 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 41 minutes, earning his 44th Davis Cup win and becoming Serbia's most decorated player in this competition.

Novak dropped eight points behind the initial shot and kept the pressure on the other side. Norrie defended ten break points, giving his everything to stay in touch but losing serve two times and propelling Djokovic over the top.

Novak closed the encounter's fourth game with a service winner and earned two break chances in the next one after Cameron's loose forehand. World no. 1 seized the second with a volley winner and moved in front. Norrie struggled behind the initial shot again in the seventh game, defending four break points and remaining within one break deficit.

Novak left those chances behind and held with a volley winner in game ten for 6-4 after 47 minutes. Norrie netted a routine forehand in the second set's first game, losing serve at love and pushing Djokovic closer to the finish line.

Novak squandered five more break points in the fifth game, although he did not need them. The Serb served well and moved over the top with an ace in game ten.

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