Serbia secured their place in the semifinals at Aleksandar Nikolic arena after Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki defeated Marc Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta in the doubles match. They earned the decisive, third point to the Serbian team, which is on his way back to the finals.
The match was thrilling. The crowd saw a magnificent tennis which lasted for three hours and eighteen minutes.
In the end Serbia - Spain 3-2, 4-6 7-6 6-0 4-6 6-2.
After two fast points earned back on Friday, this one today was pretty tough
Troicki and player/coach Zimonjic had a lot of problems during the first set, and only one breakpoint was needed for the Spaniards to claim the first part of the game. After 39 minutes Spain was leading.
In the second set, we saw a tie-break where the home team was trailing at one moment, but they came back and won 7-4.
Then the Serbian tornado was seen in the third set, in which they won 6-0. Zimonjic and Troicki took the serve three times from their opponents.
But eventually, in the fifth set, the Spanish team fought back and took that part of the game with 4-6.
The decisive set was open with a breakpoint from the hosts, and after that one more was seen. They calmly finished the match and set the clash with France in the semifinals.
Their next opponent eliminated Great Britain in Rouen. The French players secured the next phase after their doubles Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau defeated Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray after intense match 3-1, 7-6 5-7 7-5 7-5.
The first set was very interesting and exciting and France managed to win after tiebreak, 9-7.
The British players recovered and grabbed the second one. Interesting thing was that this was the first set won for the visiting team this weekend.
That tells a lot what is the shape of the visiting team.
After that set, the crowd was carrying the home team, and they were better, winning the next two sets closely.
The French will now have a chance to revenge for the lost finals in 2011 when they failed to win in Belgrade although they had a lead after the second day when they defeated the Serbian double.
That was the first and only Davis Cup trophy for the Serbian team.
The Italians saved a match point in Belgium, and Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli extended the battle for the semifinals between them and the home team. After five sets and one match point, they defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 3-2, 4-6 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6.
The match was so intense and the crowd had a chance to see the true meaning of tennis and Davis Cup today.
Despite this win, the Belgians are still much closer to the semifinals. But this is Davis Cup and everything is possible.
We saw many times that teams coming back from two points deficit.
Australia also clinched their place in the semifinals after Nick Kyrgios defeated Sam Querrey 3-1, 7-6 6-3 6-4 to give Australia 3-1 lead. For the second time in the last 11 years, Aussies are among top 4 nations in Davis Cup. Kyrgios had a lot of trouble despite the fact that final outcome looks convincing. This year started fantasticaly for him and no doubt that this result will boost his morale even more.
So don't miss today's final games, the ones that will decide who will advance to the semifinals.
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