Davis Cup: Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Spain

  • Davis Cup: Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Spain

Davis Cup: Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Spain

Djokovic withdrew from the Miami Open last month due to an elbow injury, but declared himself fit to play for his country and beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 6-4 6-2 in Belgrade on Saturday (AEST).

Serbia has an unassailable 3-0 lead, and will go to France in the semifinals in September.

Serbia, Australia, France and Belgium all took 2-0 leads to take control of their respective ties on day one of the Davis Cup quarter-finals.

Having dropped the opening set, Serbia turned the tide after taking the next two and galvanised the crowd as they clinched the third without dropping a game as Troicki could not put a foot wrong.

In Rouen, Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy moved nine-time champions France to the verge of a fifth semi-final in eight years with straight sets wins against a British team missing Andy Murray who sat out the tie with an elbow injury.

Having dominated for several years to rack up 12 grand slam tournaments after clinching his maiden French Open title last June, Djokovic then suffered a dramatic loss of form which saw him ousted as the world number one by Briton Andy Murray.

"It wasn't an easy choice but I think it was the better solution", said France captain Yannick Noah.

Djokovic, who is on an 11-match winning streak in Davis Cup singles rubbers, will be joined by Viktor Troicki, Dusan Lajovic and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic in Team Serbia, who take on a Rafael Nadal-less Spain squad.

That left world number 14 Goffin to double down and he beat Seppi 6-4 6-3 6-3.

Britain won the Davis Cup in 2015, while France has not won since 2001.

However, the identity of the other semi-finalists will not be known until Sunday after the United States pulled back to 2-1 down against Australia in Brisbane while Italy battled to trail Belgium 2-1 at Charleroi. "I am really looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we will finish with a victory". It was a really nice atmosphere - the stadium is incredible.

However, the USA boast two top-25 players in Jack Sock and John Isner.