Serbia sealed a spot in the Davis Cup tennis semifinals by ousting record 32-time champion the U.S. as top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Sam Querrey in four sets.
Serbia will next host Canada, which advanced to the final four for the first time after Milos Raonic beat Andreas Seppi yesterday to secure the home victory against Italy in Vancouver. Argentina will visit defending champion the Czech Republic in the other semifinal in the top team event in men’s tennis.
Djokovic gave Serbia, which broke through for its first title in 2010, an unassailable 3-1 lead in its best-of-five tie against the U.S. with his 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-0 victory over Querrey in Boise, Idaho. Serbia seized a 2-1 advantage two days ago when its doubles team of Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic upset No. 1-ranked brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.
“It wasn’t about my win Friday or today, it was just about the team win, the team effort,” Djokovic said on the Davis Cup website. “That’s something that is very special and beautiful about this competition. You can represent your country and you get to be a part of a team. You get to feel the team spirit that carries you on to victory.”
Serbia and Canada had entered yesterday’s reverse singles 2-1 up after both winning their doubles matches 15-13 in the fifth set.
In Astana, the Czech Republic took an insurmountable 3-1 lead in its quarterfinal against host Kazakhstan as Lukas Rosol defeated Evgeny Korolev 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-2.
Argentina beat France 3-2 in Buenos Aires as 71st-ranked Carlos Berlocq defeated No. 13 Gilles Simon 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in the decisive singles match. France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had kept the contest alive with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 win against Argentina’s Juan Monaco in yesterday’s first singles match.
The semifinals are scheduled for Sept. 13-15, with hosts Serbia and the Czech Republic getting the choice of venue and surface. The final will be held Nov. 15-17.