ATP Cup: Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki secure title for Serbia


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ATP Cup: Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki secure title for Serbia

Following a tough loss to Russia at the Davis Cup Finals in November, the Serbs were determined to fix those errors at the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia, scoring six victories to become the champions. In the title match against Spain at Ken Rosewall Arena in Sydney, Serbia ousted Spain 2-1 to lift the trophy, coming from a victory down to stand at the top of men's tennis world.

As always, Novak Djokovic was there to lead Serbia towards the crown, scoring six singles victories and keeping Serbia alive today with a 6-2, 7-6 triumph over world no. 1 Rafael Nadal, reducing the gap to the Spaniard on the ATP ranking list and keeping Serbia alive ahead of the doubles encounter.

There, Novak and Viktor Troicki took down Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes to overcome the deficit and put their name on that beautiful trophy. Novak lost serve in the first game after a terrible error from Troicki at the net, with Lopez sending the Spaniards 2-0 up after a hold at love.

The Serbs started to play much better after that, barely losing a point on serve by the end of the set and breaking Lopez in game six to level the score at 3-3. Serving a 3-4, Carreno Busta suffered a break after sending a backhand long, with Novak holding at love in the next game to secure the opener for Serbia.

Carried by this momentum, the Serbs broke Lopez at the beginning of the second set, saving a break point in game six following a booming serve from Novak to remain in front and move closer to the finish line. Serving for the victory and the title, Djokovic held at love to seal the deal and start a massive celebration with his teammates, writing history as the first champions of the ATP Cup.