19. 09. 2010. ·
SERBIA – CZECH REPUBLIC 3-2
Serbia is in the FINALS of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas for the first time in its history! Serbian team defeated Czech Republic 3-2 in packed Belgrade Arena.
In the first match of the day, Serbian no.1 Novak Djokovic brought the second point to Serbia with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over world no.7 Tomas Berdych to level the score against Czechs in their semi-final tie on indoor hard court in Belgrade.
The match lasted 3 hours and 14 minutes.
A break in the seventh game of the opening set was enough for Berdych to take it 6-4.
World no.2 found his rhythm in the second set. The US Open runner-up overcame an injury scare, played bravely and aggressively and took the initiative. He broke his opponent’s service in the eighth game and won the set 6-3.
The 23-year-old was dominating in the third set. He made a double break for 4-1 lead. Berdych broke back once for 4-2, but Nole put the pressure on the Czech, broke for the third time and closed the set 6-2.
Djokovic made a crucial break in the ninth game of the fourth set and served out the set and match 6-4 to keep Serbia’s hopes alive.
Match statistics: aces (4-7), double faults (2-1), winners (29-38), unforced errors (34-58), total points won (121-98)
Listen Novak’s audio interview here!
Janko Tipsarevic thrilled 18000 fans in Belgrade Arena when he clinched the third point for Serbia for 3-2 win over Czech Republic and a place in the finals of the Davis Cup!
The world no.37 beat Radek Stepanek in the decisive fifth rubber 6-0, 7-6(6), 6-4.
France defeated Argentina 5-0 in the second semi-final tie.
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas final between Serbia and France will take place in Belgrade from 3 -5 December 2010.