Djokovic leads Serbia to the Davis Cup semi-finals

The Serbs will be in the top four for the first time since 2017 and will face Croatia, who beat Italy on Monday.

Novak Djokovic won his singles and doubles matches to lead Serbia to the Davis Cup semi-finals with a 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan.

World number one Djokovic kept Serbia alive in the quarter-finals by defeating Alexander Bublik in straight sets and then faced Nikola Cacic in the doubles to defeat Andrej 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, Golubev and Aleksandar Nedovsov.

Serbia will be in the top four for the first time since 2017, and will face Croatia, who beat Italy on Monday. They reached the quarter-finals as one of the best runners-up in the group stage, finishing second behind Germany in the sector they shared with Austria.

Serbia lost to Russia in the quarter-finals at the inaugural Davis Cup Finals in 2019. Their only title was in 2010, when they faced France in the final, and runners-up in 2013, when they fell to the Czech Republic. .

Djokovic had to win the singles match after Mikhail Kukushkin’s victory over Miomir Kikmanovich in the first meeting.

Kukushkin, 182 in the world rankings, needed more than three hours in his 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(11) win over Kikmanovic, 69th in the ranks. He saved four points for the match, including two in the tiebreak.

“That’s why we love the Davis Cup,” Kokoshkin admitted. “I am simply honored to play for my country and win Kazakhstan. It was important for us. I am excited.

Kazakhstan was looking for its first semi-final appearance. He won his group by defeating Sweden and Canada in the 2019 summer.

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The Madrid Arena was practically full in the quarter-finals, despite the fact that Spain did not qualify from the group stage.

The Spanish capital was the only venue for the 2019 event, but this year Innsbruck, Austria and Turin, Italy also hosted some meetings. Madrid will host the semi-finals and final.

On Sunday, the new headquarters for next year will be announced.

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