Wednesday, July 14, 2010

With Djokovic, Serbia’s first Davis Cup semi-finals after beating Croatia

LONDON: Serbia reached the Davis Cup semi-finals for the first time when they completed a 4-1 victory over Croatia in Split on Sunday.World number two Novak Djokovic silenced a partisan crowd with a straight-sets win over Marin Cilic to give Serbia an unassailable 3-1 lead and set up a home tie against the Czech Republic, who dispatched Chile 4-1.

Argentina also reached the semi-finals thanks to a magnificent performance from David Nalbandian in a fifth-rubber decider against Russia in Moscow. The south Americans will play France who completed a crushing 5-0 win over holders Spain. Djokovic crushed Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 to spare Serbia a nervous afternoon on the Croatian coast.

“Personally, I had a lot of responsibility with the package that I carried on my back before this tie but right now I feel so relieved that we won,” Djokovic, who collapsed on to his back after clinching victory, told the Davis Cup website.

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