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January 30,2023

Serbia defeats Belgium to advance to 2nd round of Davis Cup

The Serbs were quick to finish their job in Charleroi as their first round Davis Cup encounter against Belgium stopped being a contest after the Saturday’s doubles match. They will meet the winner of USA-Brazil pair next.

The home crowd was enjoying the first two sets of the opening clash as the best Belgian player David Goffin acquired a 2-0 lead against 39th-ranked Viktor Troicki. However, World No. 50 Goffin let the Serb back into the match after failing to serve out the match and letting Troicki grab the third set tie-break and complete his comeback with the first match ball to achieve a 1-6, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 triumph.

There was no doubt World No. 1 Novak Djokovic would double the Serbs’ tally as he delivered a confident 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Olivier Rochus.

The Belgians were unable to threaten their opponents after falling 0-2 behind. Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Steve DarcisDavid Bemelmans pair on Saturday in four sets with a 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 end result.

The Sunday’s clashes were merely formalities as both Djokovic and Troicki took a day off, whilst the Belgians brought some smiles to the spectator’s faces by collecting two consolation points, making the result 3-2 in the end. Goffin defeated Boris Pashanski with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 end score, while Darcis dealt with a doubles specialist Zimonjic in two sets, the result was 6-2, 6-4.

Tomaz Horvat
Tomaz Horvat
Tomaz is an experienced tennis writer with a focus on the ATP tour.

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