Novak did double duty in the Davis Cup semis on Friday, but it was not enough to give a victory to the 2010 champions Serbia. Gojo won the opening singles rubber against Lajovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. Nole leveled the tie beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2, but in the deciding doubles, the world no.1 pair Mektic/Pavic defeated Djokovic and Krajinovic 7-5, 6-1.
Serbia is through to the Davis Cup semis following a comeback 2-1 win over Kazakhstan. Kukushkin clinched the opening point beating Kecmanovic 7-6, 4-6, 7-6. Novak then recorded a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Alexander Bublik to level the tie. In the deciding doubles match, Nole and Cacic teamed up to defeat Golubev and Nedovyesov 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Serbia will face Croatia at the Madrid Arena on Friday (16:00 CET).
Novak moved into the last four of the inaugural Belgrade Open, following a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Federico Coria. For a spot in the ATP 250 event final, the top seed will face qualifier Andrej Martin (SVK, ATP #119).
Novak recorded a 6-2, 7-6 (4) win over lucky loser Mats Moraing to progress into the last eight at the Belgrade Open. Next up for the world no.1, who is pursuing his second title of the season, is Federico Coria (ARG, Alt), currently ranked no.96 in the ATP Rankings.
Novak toppled Alexander Zverev 4-0, 1-4, 4-2, but that was not enough for him to reach the final, as he needed to beat the German in straight sets. After impressive Round Robin performances from both Filip Krajinovic and Dominic Thiem, the two met in the Adria Tour final. The Austrian recorded a 4-3 (2), 2-4, 4-2 triumph to become the champion.
Novak returned to the court in style on Saturday afternoon at the Adria Tour, beating his friend and compatriot Viktor Troicki in straight sets 4-1, 4-1 in just 37 minutes. In the evening session match, Novak lost to Filip Krajinovic 4-2, 2-4, 1-4.