Davis Cup Finals: Novak Djokovic seals tie for Serbia; Spain defeat Ecuador

The 34-year-old did not face a break point and won nine of the last 11 games to secure the victory in 60 minutes.

Novak Djokovic in a file photo; Credit: [email protected]

World No.1 Novak Djokovic has clinched the victory for Serbia at the Davis Cup Finals, with a resounding 6-3, 6-2 win over Dennis Novak of Austria in Group F. The 34-year-old superstar, who did not face a break point, found his rhythm as the match went on. He won an impressive nine of the last 11 games to secure the victory in just 60 minutes. As a result, the 20-time Grand Slam champion has now recorded 35 Davis Cup singles wins. “It feels great to play for Serbia again,” Djokovic said. “We are part of an individual sport, but I love to play for my country and I try to play when they need me. It has been a long year, but you always find extra motivation playing for your country.”

Earlier, Dusan Lajovic did impressively well to survive Gerald Melzer 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 to give Serbia a 1-0 lead in Innsbruck, Austria. The World No.33 fired 29 winners and recovered from squandering a break advantage in the third set. He converted his fourth match point to secure victory after two hours and 42 minutes.

“It is the Davis Cup. It is the emotions, the stress, the pressure,” Lajovic said. “It is the tight moments all the time. He played some good tennis in the past couple of months, and had confidence and showed it today, playing great tennis. My team helped me so much.”

Meanwhile, Nikola Cacic and Filip Krajinovic rounded off a dominant day for Serbia in the doubles, edging past Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 to seal a 3-0 win.

Spain down Ecuador in Madrid

In one of the most thrilling matches on Friday, Pablo Carreno Busta had to dig deep to survive Emilio Gomez 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 at the Davis Cup Finals to give Spain an important victory against Ecuador in Group A in Madrid. The 30-year-old impressively recovered from squandering a 5-2 lead in the third set and two match points at 5-3. He stepped it up in third-set tie-break, bagging his win against the World No.149 after two hours and 39 minutes.

“I am very happy because it was an important victory,” Carreno Busta said. “We now lead 2-0 and have the win. It is very important for the confidence and for the rhythm. In the second set and third set I felt more comfortable than in the first set. I had to continue fighting until the end because he played really well.”

Earlier, a spirited Feliciano Lopez had given Spain a 1-0 lead when he recorded his seventh singles win at the Davis Cup Finals. He had beaten Roberto Quiroz 6-3, 6-3. The 40-year-old, who hit 13 aces and saved all five break points he faced, clinched the victory after 82 minutes in front of a lively home crowd at the Madrid Arena.

“I still have the passion for the game,” Lopez said. “Without that passion I wouldn’t be here. I am 40 years old and have been playing on the Tour for such a long time and it is true without this passion it would not be possible to keep training each day. I have been waiting for moments like this, giving the first point to my country.”

Later, Carreno Busta and Marcel Granollers sealed the win for Spain in emphatic fashion by surviving Gonzalo Escobar and Diego Hidalgo 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 after two hours and 45 minutes.

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