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Canadian setback for Serbia
Madrid (IANS): Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil subdued Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-7(6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 in a rip-roaring doubles to...
Madrid (IANS): Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil subdued Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-7(6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 in a rip-roaring doubles to give Canada a 2-1 lead against 2010 winners Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final. Games went with serve in the final set until the tiring Zimonjic sliced a backhand into the net on his serve and Pospisil held in the final game of the four-hour, 20-minute contest.
Serbia's world number one Novak Djokovic takes on 11th-ranked Milos Raonic in Sunday's opening reverse singles in the first meeting between the two players before Janko Tipsarevic plays Pospisil in the tie's final rubber. Zimonjic and Bozoljac saved three set points to nose ahead in front of 8,000 vociferous fans in Belgrade's Kombank Arena, including several hundred flag-waving Canadian supporters. Nestor, who won one French Open and two Wimbledon titles with Zimonjic before they split in 2010, engineered a break of his former partner's serve in the second set, which put Canada on level terms.
Spain take 3-0 lead
The Spanish doubles pairing of Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez defeated their Ukrainian opponents of Sergiy Stakhovski and Denys Molchanov 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 to give Spain an unassailable 3-0 lead in their Davis Cup tie and assure the country's position in the World Group of the tennis team competition.
The win in the Caja Magica Madrid on Saturday follows on the victories of Nadal and Fernando Verdasco in Friday's two singles rubbers and the Spanish have shown their superiority over their Ukrainian rivals, reports Xinhua.
There was a surprise in the Spanish doubles line up as it was Nadal and not Tommy Robredo who was named to partner Lopez. Nadal had said before the match that he was tired, but would do what he was asked to help the team.