Djokovic suffers Davis Cup heartbreak, Britain into semis


MADRID (Information) – Novak Djokovic’s hopes of a second Davis Cup title have been dashed as Serbia suffered an excruciating defeat by Russia whereas Britain beat Germany to succeed in the semi-finals on a nerve-racking day in La Caja Magica on Friday.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Quarter-Ultimate – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 22, 2019 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki react throughout their doubles match towards Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov Information/Susana Vera

Russian duo Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov survived three match factors in a tense tiebreak within the remaining set of the decisive doubles rubber to assert a 2-1 victory over Serbia.

The Russians are within the semis for the primary time since 2008 and must do it once more on Saturday after they face Canada who loved a relaxation day after beating Australia on Thursday.

Britain once more unnoticed their talisman Andy Murray however his alternative Kyle Edmund stepped as much as beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-Three 7-5 earlier than Dan Evans, cheered on by a number of hundred touring followers, beat Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6(6) Three-6 7-6(2).

Evans, as soon as banned for failing a medicine take a look at for cocaine, had misplaced each his singles from a arrange on the revamped occasion, however delivered when it mattered in Britain’s first Davis Cup conflict with Germany since 1973.

“I felt I let the workforce down within the final two days. To get it like that was wonderful,” an emotional Evans, who was hugged by captain Leon Smith, mentioned on courtroom.

“The workforce supported me via the whole lot. Earlier than the match I didn’t really feel nice. However all people within the workforce acquired me going.”

Britain may face Spain in La Caja Magica on Saturday though the hosts have been locked at 1-1 with Argentina within the final quarter-final after Rafael Nadal thrashed Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-2 to cancel out Pablo Carreno Busta’s 6-7(Three) 7-6(Four) 6-1 defeat by Guido Pella.

Djokovic, who impressed the Serbs to victory in 2010, leveled issues up towards Russia after Andrey Rublev has crushed Filip Krajinovic 6-1 6-2.

The 32-year-old’s 6-Three 6-Three defeat of Khachanov was his 15th successive singles win within the competitors and he was quickly again out on courtroom with Troicki.

Djokovic wanted therapy on his elbow within the second set however carried Troicki to the brink of victory. They squandered match factors at 6-5 and 7-6 within the deciding tiebreak and had one other at Eight-7, just for Troicki to nervously prod lengthy a volley that may give him nightmares for a lot of days to come back.

Troicki then missed a service return to spark wild Russian celebrations as they edged it 6-Four Four-6 7-6(Eight).

It was a determined second for Troicki and the feelings have been nonetheless roar in Serbian post-match information convention during which captain Nenad Zimonjic and just about all his workforce have been in tears.

“It hurts, this actually hurts badly,” Djokovic mentioned whereas Troicki, who in 2010 received the ultimate level handy Serbia the title towards France in Belgrade, described it because the worst second he had ever skilled.

“I let my workforce down and I apologize to them,” he mentioned as a stony-faced Djokovic slumped in his seat.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, modifying by Ed Osmond