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The first day of the Davis Cup semi final clash between Serbia and Canada has ended with scores levelled at 1-1.
Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a lead of 1-0 by thrashing Vasek Pospisil in the straight sets by 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 in the first singles match. It took the world no. 1 just 1 hour and 40 minutes to get better of Pospisil. He looked in tremendous form and played some ruthless shots.
This was Djokovic’s first match after his defeat against Rafael Nadal in the final of the US Open.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Djokovic said, “Representing my nation is something which always motivates me. I performed pretty well and managed to get my team off to a good start which is pretty satisfying.”
“I am still struggling a bit with jet lag. It’s good that the match wasn’t too long.”
On the other hand, Pospisil was gutted after losing the first rubber. He said, “Novak is at the top of the world rankings at the moment and that’s because he has got great quality. I think he was amazing today.”
But, in the next match, Canada managed to bounce back Courtesy Milos Raonic who came out victorious against the no. 2 Serbian player Janko Tipsarevic. It was an extremely close match though and went all the way down to the wire. But, at the end, Raonic pulled it off by 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
The Canadian pair of Pospisil and Daniel Nestor will take on the Serbian pair of Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles match tomorrow.
The team which wins this tie will make it to the title round which will take place in November.
Serbia had last won the Davis Cup 3 years back in 2010 by defeating France in the final.
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Novak Djokovic has come in support of his compatriot Viktor Troicki who has been handed a ban of one and half years recently by the International Tennis Federation.
Actually, Troicki was asked to give a sample of his urine and blood while he was taking part in the Monte Carlo Masters in April. The Serbian player gave the urine sample, but, refused to give the blood sample saying that he was not feeling well.
When asked about Troicki being banned, Djokovic said, “It’s not good news for Serbian tennis. I know Viktor pretty well and I am sure he hasn’t done anything wrong. I am backing him. I hope he will return back soon.”
Meanwhile, according to Troicki, the doping officer had told him that it would not make a difference if he doesn’t give the blood sample.
But, the International Tennis Federation denies anything like that. According to ITF, the doping officer had clearly told Troicki that she had no idea whether not giving the blood sample is acceptable or not.
Talking to a Serbian news channel a couple of days back, Troicki said, “It’s a tough phase for me. I am not guilty. The truth will come out.”
The ITF has made it quite clear that Troicki can appeal against this ban if he wants.
Troicki was in Croatia when he got the news that he had been suspended. Just a few hours before that, he was knocked out from the Vegeta Croatia Open. He was defeated in the straight sets in the second round by Tommy Robredo of Spain.
Troicki has been around since quite a while, but, he has so far managed to win only one ATP title in his career. He hasn’t featured in an ATP final in the last 2 years.