Tennis: Tears and torment for Serbia after loss to Russia


MADRID (Information) – Strive telling Viktor Troicki and his Serbian workforce mates the revamped Davis Cup Finals don’t matter.

Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Quarter-Last – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 22, 2019 Russia’s Andrey Rublev celebrates profitable his match in opposition to Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic Information/Susana Vera

The 33-year-old was inconsolable on Friday after poking a routine volley out on Serbia’s third match level within the deciding doubles rubber of their quarter-final conflict with Russia.

He and Novak Djokovic had three match factors within the final-set tiebreak earlier than Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov claimed a 6-Four Four-6 7-6(Eight) victory at La Caja Magica to provide the Russians a 2-1 win and arrange a semi-final in opposition to Canada.

Troicki grew to become a nationwide hero in 2010 when he received the ultimate level in opposition to France’s Michael Llodra to clinch the Davis Cup for Serbia in Belgrade, sparking unforgettable scenes during which the workforce, together with Djokovic, shaved their heads on courtroom earlier than partying into the small hours.

This time there was simply gut-wrenching despair as Serbia’s hopes slipped away within the cruelest vogue conceivable.

In an emotional information convention, Troicki might barely elevate his chin off his chest.

“I most likely really feel the worst ever. I by no means skilled such a second in my profession,” he mentioned.

“I let my workforce down and I apologize to them. We had been up within the tiebreak. We had possibilities to complete it. We didn’t do it. I tousled within the essential moments.

“I don’t know. God gave me the possibility as soon as to be the hero, to win the Davis Cup within the deciding rubber. Now he took it away. I’m actually disenchanted with myself.”

Djokovic claimed a 15th successive Davis Cup singles win when he beat Khachanov 6-Three 6-Three to stage the tie after Rublev had thrashed Filip Krajinovic 6-1 6-2 on middle courtroom.

The 16-times Grand Slam champion wanted therapy on his elbow within the second set of the doubles however blanked out the ache as he and Troicki had match factors at 6-5, 7-6 and Eight-7 within the breaker. Troicki missed a return on Russia’s first match level to spark wild celebrations within the Russian camp.

“It hurts, it hurts us actually badly,” Djokovic mentioned.

The Davis Cup Finals marked the tip of 35-year-old Janko Tipsarevic’s profession, one other of the 2010 heroes, and captain Nenad Zimonjic described it as the tip of the golden era.

“On the finish, you win as a workforce and also you lose as a workforce. It doesn’t matter if any person wins two matches and you find yourself shedding the match,” he mentioned because the tears started to move.

“It was very emotional as a result of it’s Janko’s final….sorry.”

At that time just about each workforce member started to cry and the media broke into applause.

“The primary factor is that everyone is aware of right here how a lot we care about one another, how a lot we love one another,” he added.

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Former world quantity eight Tipsarevic completed off a nerve-tingling information convention in forthright vogue.

“I shall be very quick,” he mentioned. “It’s not the wins or the losses, it’s that this lovely sport makes you robust.

“This emotion that you just need to commit suicide after a day like this. You go in direction of and in opposition to the wind. These feelings are the issues I can draw from these 20 years.”

Enhancing by Toby Davis and Ed Osmond