Belgrade, Serbia (Sports Network) - Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic were
Friday's opening singles winners, as Serbia and visiting Canada are tied at
1-1 in their best-of-five Davis Cup semifinal.
In the opening rubber, the hosts' world No. 1 star Djokovic rolled past
Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 in 1 hour, 40 minutes, as the Serbian stalwart
piled up six service breaks, while Pospisil did not enjoy even one break-point
chance in the predictable setback.
The 41st-ranked 23-year-old Pospisil popped nine aces in a losing effort
indoors on the red clay at Belgrade Arena.
The Australian Open champion Djokovic is fresh off his runner-up finish at the
U.S. Open on Monday. He was also the runner-up at Wimbledon in July. The super
Serb, who is now 23-7 lifetime in his Davis Cup singles outings, led his
country to its' lone Davis Cup title three years ago.
In Friday's dramatic nightcap in Belgrade, the world No. 11 Raonic got the
Canadians on the board with a grueling 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory over
fellow former top-10 star Janko Tipsarevic in 4 hours, 11 minutes.
Tipsarevic had a match point, leading 5-4 in the fifth set, but the determined
Raonic staved it off. Seven games later, the Canadian slugger got the key
break of the match to take a 9-8 lead and served out the affair in the next
game with four aces, giving him 34 bombs for the night.
Saturday's doubles rubber calls for a Serbian duo of Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad
Zimonjic to take on a Canadian tandem of Pospisil and 41-year-old doubles
great Daniel Nestor, himself a native of Belgrade.
Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Djokovic against the Montenegro
native Raonic and Tipsarevic versus Pospisil.
Team Serbia is captained by Bogdan Obradovic, while Canada, appearing in its'
first-ever Davis Cup semi, is skippered by Martin Laurendeau. This marks
the first-ever meeting between the two nations.
The winner in Belgrade will meet the Argentina-Czech Republic victor in the
World Group final in November.
The Sports Network