Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic helped Serbia to a 2-0 lead against Belgium in the first round of tennis’s Davis Cup. The defending-champion Czech Republic and Switzerland are tied 1-1 after the opening day, while the U.S. has a 2-0 lead against Brazil.
Sam Querrey and John Isner scored straight-set victories for the Americans at Jacksonville, Florida, in the top team event in men’s tennis. Doubles matches will be played today, followed by the final two singles matches the following day.
Djokovic, the No. 1 player in the ATP World Tour rankings who beat Andy Murray for his third straight Australian Open title six days ago, defeated Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in yesterday’s second singles match in Charleroi, Belgium. In the opening match, Viktor Troicki beat David Goffin 1-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4.
Tomas Berdych beat Henri Laaksonen 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-1 in Geneva to pull the Czech Republic even with Switzerland. Stanislas Wawrinka gave the Swiss the early lead by winning the opening match in straight sets against Lukas Rosol.
Querrey beat Thomaz Bellucci 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour, 45 minutes. Isner won 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 against Thiago Alves in the second match.
Kazakhstan and France both took 2-0 leads in their best-of-five-match series. Andrey Golubev and Evgeny Korlov both won in straight sets to give Kazakhstan the lead against Austria, while Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet won for France against Israel.
Argentina leads Germany 2-0, while Croatia and Italy are tied 1-1. Milos Raonic and Frank Dancevic gave Canada a 2-0 lead against Spain, last year’s runner-up.