Serbia won tennis’s Davis Cup for the first time after recovering to win 3-2 against France as Viktor Troicki beat Michael Llodra in the final match in Belgrade.
Troicki, in his first career meeting against Llodra, won 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to complete a turnaround after Serbia entered the final day trailing 2-1 ahead of the last two singles matches. Earlier, Novak Djokovic defeated Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to tie the match.
“This is the most unbelievable moment of my life,” the British Broadcasting Corp. cited Troicki as saying.
France was seeking its 10th title in the sport’s elite team competition for men and the first since 2001. Serbia was taking part in the final for a first time.
Troicki, chosen to play the last match instead of the higher-ranked Janko Tipsarevic, secured his victory with a backhand return. Djokovic, ranked No. 3 by the ATP Tour, twice recovered from a break down in the third set against Monfils.
“Under the circumstances, with huge pressure, I played an amazing match,” the BBC cited Djokovic as saying. “This is like winning the World Cup for us.”