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Djokovic Leads Serbia Into Semi-finals | ATP Tour

Novak Djokovic has guided Serbia into Saturday’s Davis Cup semi-finals in Malaga, the place he’ll face a 3rd showdown with World No. 4 Italian Jannik Sinner in lower than two weeks.

World No. 1 Djokovic defeated Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4  in a single hour, 41 minutes to provide Serbia an unassailable 2-0 lead after World No. 55 Miomir Kecmanovic had earlier held his nerve to edge Jack Draper 7-6(2), 7-6(6) in a match through which neither participant was capable of break serve.

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Djokovic, who helped Serbia win its first Davis Cup title in 2010, continued the spectacular serving he displayed in Turin, dropping simply eight factors on serve, whereas hitting 16 forehand winners, double Norrie’s tally. A winner of 98 tour-level titles, Djokovic took management of the match with a right away break of serve within the first recreation of the second set.

Lower than two weeks in the past Djokovic misplaced a third-set tie-break to Sinner in group participant within the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin, earlier than he avenged that defeat with a commanding 6-3, 6-3 victory within the championship match final Sunday. The 40-time ATP Masters 1000 champion will take a 4-1 lead of their Lexus ATP Head2Head sequence into the semi-finals.

The 24-year-old Kecmanovic got here into the tie on a four-match dropping streak, having not received a match since reaching the Stockholm semi-finals in mid October. In distinction, Draper reached the ultimate of the ATP 250 in Sofia (l. to Mannarino) within the last week of the common season after successful the Bergamo Challenger the week prior.

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