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Serbia Clinch Maiden Title Over Germany

Düsseldorf, Germany

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Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki lifted Serbia to its first ARAG ATP World Team Championship title by winning both of their singles matches in straight sets against Germany at the Rochusclub in Duesseldorf on Saturday. Serbia won the tie 2-1.

Tipsarevic gave Serbia an insurmountable 2-0 lead as he handed Philipp Kohlschreiber his first loss of the week by beating the German 6-2, 6-4. In the first rubber, Troicki defeated Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 7-6(5) to give Serbia an early lead.

"I think it is going to be huge and this is respect because Djokovic was not here. And I think we showed that we are a big tennis nation also if Novak is not here with us (laughs)," said Tipsarevic.

Serbia, playing in the eight-team championship for the first time, won the Blue Group with a 3-0 round robin record with victories over Argentina, Russia and Italy. For the week Serbia won nine of 12 matches.

"I really played well because I was 100 per cent prepared for the match," said Tipsarevic, who won three of his four singles matches during the week. "I knew he was going to play good because most of his last matches were pretty easy and he played really really well. And I also talked a bit to Rainer (Schuettler) before the match who gave me the right tactic before the match and I’m happy it worked. (laughing)."

Germany was appearing in the final for the seventh time and they were trying to capture their fifth title, the first since 2005.

"I can’t be that satisfied with my game today," said Kohlschreiber. "I actually had a good feeling. My first service game worked well. But from the back it didn’t really work. It wasn’t good. This went through the whole match unfortunately. In addition, I really had to fight on my own service games. Then you get a bit nervous when you feel that you don’t have that many chances on your own service games. It’s not so easy to find your rhythm. I would have liked to find my rhythms through the return games. He played well today, served very well."

In Tipsarevic's tie-clinching victory, he broke Kohlschreiber twice in the 36-minute opening set and won all 12 of his first serve points. In the second set he jumped out to a two-break 5-2 advantage before losing his serve for the first time in the eighth game. He then closed out the one hour and 14-minute match by holding in the 10th game.

Tipsarevic won 87 per cent of first serve points (27 of 31) to Kohlschreiber's 49 per cent. He converted four of eight break points while saving two of three on his serve.

In the opening rubber, Troicki won the tightly-contested match as both players won 81 points in the one hour and 56-minute battle. The first break came in the ninth game and Troicki held to win the first set. In the second set, Troicki broke for a 2-1 lead and then served for the match at 5-4 but was broken for the first time. In the tie-break, Troicki went up 4-2 but Schuettler rallied to tie it at 5-5. Trociki then sealed the victory by winning the next two points.

"I really feel happy and it's tough to explain. Pretty much, I can not believe it," said Troicki, who won three of four singles matches during the week. "If someone told me before this week that we would win here this week, honestly, I wouldn’t believe him. It was very tough. We made it and I’m really really happy that we won. I think personally that this is maybe my best moment in my career and I’m happy that we won also for Serbia the title. But also it feels great, winning just for me. So, I played good and I’m really happy."

In the doubles rubber, Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev, who saved one match point in their Friday win to lift Germany into the final, beat Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic 7-5, 4-6, 10-7.


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