Davis Cup (Semifinals) Day 1: Serbia – Argentina 0-2

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Argentina took giant step towards final with two wins on the opening day of the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals taking place from 16-18 September in Belgrade.

The defending champion Serbia needs to win doubles on Saturday and both singles matches on Sunday to reach the finals for the second year in a row.

The world’s best player Novak Djokovic has pulled out of singles with lower back and rib pain. He has been replaced by Viktor Troicki. The world no.16 lost to David Nalbandian in the first match of the day 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6.

US Open quarter-finalist Janko Tipsarevic was beaten by the 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the second rubber 5-7, 3-6, 4-6.

Full schedule od play:

Friday, September 16 (matches start at 15.00 CET):

Viktor Troicki (SRB) – David Nalbandian (ARG) 4-6, 6-4, 2-6, 3-6
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) – Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 5-7, 3-6, 4-6

Saturday, September 17 (match starts at 15.00 CET):

Nenad Zimonjic / Viktor Troicki (SRB) – Juan Ignacio Chela / Juan Monaco (ARG) 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-2

Sunday, September 18 (matches start at 14.00 CET):

Novak Djokovic (SRB) – Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 6-7(5), 0-3 ret.
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) – Juan Monaco (ARG) 6-2 ret.

Belgrade Arena capacity is 16,842 seats, Serbia will host Argentina on hard court (Acrylic).

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