Novak Djokovic took his team to Davis Cup 2013 semis after Bryans lost out to Zimonjic/Bozoljac on Saturday. They will play Canada next.
The fans in Taco Bell Arena in Boise were counting on Bob and Mike Bryan to put the home team 2-1 ahead, yet in the end they saw them lose a five-set marathon against inspired Serbian pair Nenad Zimonjic–Ilija Bozoljac. The legendary Americans were on a good way to snatch the opener, but they wasted a 4-1 lead in the tie-break and it was the Serbs who went one nil up in the end. The second set was as tight as the previous one, yet this time Zimonjic and Bozoljac wrapped up the breaker in a smoother fashion. The Bryans started to fight an uphill battle – this time they rose to the occasion and drew level to force a lengthy decider. In the final set the teams would not be separated until 13-13 when Mike dropped a service game – the Serbs confirmed the break to close out the match after four and a half hours of play. The score: 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13.
On Sunday Djokovic confirmed his teammates’ epic triumph by seeing off Sam Querrey in four sets. The US player broke back to make it 3-3 in the opening set, but the World No.1 earned himself another break and was serving for the set at 6-5. He needed to rescue three re-break points before finally sealing the set. The set number two went with serves up until the tie-break where the American stood tall to level the terms. From then on this was Djokovic’s match as he took all but one of the remaining thirteen games to secure a semifinal spot for Serbia after serving Querrey a bagel in the fourth set. End score: 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-1, 6-0. The 2010 Davis Cup champions Serbs will host Canada in September.
USA – Serbia 1-3