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).
World no.1 Novak and Carlos Gomez-Herrera saved two match points to win doubles opener 5-7, 6-4, 13-11 at the Mallorca Championships. They will take on top seeds Marcel Granollers (ESP) and Horacio Zeballos (ARG) in quarterfinals.
Team Serbia are the first ever ATP Cup champions! Lajovic suffered a 5-7, 1-6 defeat by Agut, then Novak beat Nadal 6-2, 7-6 (4) to even the tie. The world no.2 backed up his big singles win, teaming with Viktor Troicki in a deciding doubles match to beat Pablo Carreno Busta/Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-3, 6-4.
After his appearance at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Novak continues his clay court season at the Mutua Madrid Open, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event, taking place from May 6 to May 13. The Serbian star is no.10 seed and will open his campaign at La Caja Mágica against Kei Nishikori (H2H 11-2).
Former world no.1 Novak Djokovic has accepted a wild card into next week’s Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. It will be the Serbian’s first appearance at the ATP World Tour 500 event since 2006. The 30-year-old Belgrade native is no.6 seed and has a first round BYE.
Serbia will next play against France in away tie on September 15-17. It will be a rematch of the 2010 final when Serbia won their maiden title.