Serbia, Australia France & Belgium nearing Davis Cup semis

08 April, 2017, 07:20 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Indian Wells CA USA Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios gather their bags to enter the court their four

Viktor Troicki brushed aside Pablo Carenno Busta 6-3 6-4 6-3 in the second rubber as the 2010 champions dominated the tie ahead of Saturday's doubles and Sunday's reverse singles. A win will send Serbia through to a September semifinal against France or Britain.

"It's still a very good team even though their top two singles players are not here".

Out of 6 encounters, 5 were ended in straight sets, and it is safe to say it was a rather quiet day in the office, considering how tight and thrilled could Davis Cup matches turn to be.

"I have lost my best game in the last few months", Djokovic, whose French Open win in June a year ago allowed him to complete the career Grand Slam, told reporters after securing a 12th successive Davis Cup singles win.

The competition's two most successful nations went head to head at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane and under the guidance of team captain Lleyton Hewitt, 22-year-old Thompson, ranked 79th in the world, claimed a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 win over Jack Sock.

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Belgian No 2 Steve Darcis got the ball rolling with a 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Paolo Lorenzi, before David Goffin dispatched Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-3, 6-3.

Pouille gave France a winning start with a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 victory over Kyle Edmund before Chardy then eased past Dan Evans, playing on clay for the first time in three years, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3. His only loss during that stretch was against Andy Murray in the 2015 final. "I am really looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we will finish with a victory".

Nick Kyrgios put Australia in a commanding position against the United States and Novak Djokovic made a winning return to action for Serbia on quarter-finals day in the Davis Cup on Friday.

Jeremy Chardy of France jubilates as he won his Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match between France and Britain at the Kindarena Stadium of Rouen, France, Friday, April 7, 2017.

In the other quarter-finals, Italy, who knocked out last year's champions Argentina in the first round, will travel to the Spiroudome de Charleroi to take on Belgium.

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