Djokovic, Kyrgios target Davis Cup final duel

Djokovic, Kyrgios target Davis Cup final duel

Djokovic, Kyrgios target Davis Cup final duel

Novak Djokovic and Troicki had won Friday's singles to give Serbia a 2-0 lead over Spain before the hosts took an unassailable advantage on Saturday against the five-time champions who were missing 14-time Grand Slam victor Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic beat Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and Troicki followed up to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 against Pablo Carreno Busta on an indoor hard court in Belgrade.

World number 19 Pablo Carreno-Busta will instead lead Spain's assault on a first semi-final spot since 2012.

The competition's two most successful nations went head to head at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane and under the guidance of team captain Lleyton Hewitt, 22-year-old Thompson, ranked 79th in the world, claimed a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 win over Jack Sock.

LONDON-France will meet Serbia in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after both finished off their last-eight ties inside two days on Saturday but Australia and Belgium were made to sweat.

Pouille, the world number 17 and his team's top singles player in the absence of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, swept the breaker before dominating the deciding set.

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"I am overwhelmed", Troicki said.

The struggling 12-time Grand Slam champion, who surrendered his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray a year ago, said that even though he had indeed lost his best game of late, his Davis Cup performance showed that he can get back to winning ways. "We appreciate playing for our country, we wish that we get the strongest team and to fight with them". "(Isner's) one of the best servers in the world, a proven player". "All in all, I'm very pleased".

Pouille gave hosts France a winning start in the quarter-final with a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 victory over Kyle Edmund.

Belgium was denied by Italy in Charleroi, where Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Jons De Loore 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (6) in almost four hours.

After falling a set and a break down, the Serbian duo battled back to clinch a victory that sets up a semi-final against France, who also progressed without the need for play on Sunday thanks to Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut's triumph.

But firebrand Kyrgios needed to seal the deal for Australia on Sunday, securing the winning point in the first of the reverse singles to defeat 32-time champions United States.

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