World No. 2 Novak Djokovic and Janko Tipsarevic won today’s singles matches as Serbia beat the Czech Republic 3-2 to earn a spot in the final of tennis’s Davis Cup for the first time.
Serbia will play nine-time champion France in the Dec. 3-5 final. France swept its best-of-five series against Argentina and will contest the title match for a first time since 2002.
Serbia, which competed as part of Yugoslavia from 1995 to 2003, and Serbia & Montenegro for two years after that, trailed the Czech Republic ahead of today’s matches in Belgrade.
Djokovic recovered from losing the opening set, then suffering a knee injury in the second before defeating Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Tipsarevic then beat Radek Stepanek 6-0, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
France was already assured of its spot after three wins before today. Gilles Simon beat Eduardo Schwank 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, while Arnaud Clement defeated Horacio Zeballos 7-5, 6-1, in two matches reduced to best-of-three sets to seal a 5-0 win.