Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Serbia’s Novak Djokovic defeated Giles Simon of France in straight sets to leave the Davis Cup final tied 1-1 after the opening day.
The third-ranked Djokovic beat the 42nd-ranked Simon 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 in front of a sellout crowd of 17,000 in the Belgrade Arena in the Serbian capital.
France has won the Davis Cup nine times since it started as a team competition between the U.S. and Great Britain in 1900. Serbia has never won the title and is playing in its first final.
Earlier today, world No. 12 Gael Monfils had won the first point for France with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 victory over Janko Tipsarevic, who is ranked 37 places lower on the ATP World Tour.
Serbia’s Nenad Zimonjic will play France’s Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra in the doubles tomorrow. The reverse singles matches will follow in two days.
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