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Serbia, Canada Each Win 15-13 Decisive Sets

World Group Quarter-finals

Zimonjic, Bozoljac© Getty ImagesNenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac gave Serbia a 2-1 lead over the USA.

USA 1 SERBIA 2
Venue: Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID, USA (hard – indoor)

Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic outlasted top-ranked duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 7-6(5), 7-6(1), 5-7, 4-6, 15-13 in four hours and 23 minutes to win the crucial doubles point for Serbia heading into Sunday’s reverse singles rubbers against host USA.

At 13-13 in the fifth set, Bozoljac and Zimonjic broke the Bryans for just the second time. With Zimonjic serving for the match, the Serbs fought off two break points before Zimonjic closed out the marathon win with the pair’s 36th ace. Both tandems won 217 points.

“Anybody who was supposed to play with Nenad was supposed to be the underdog against the Bryans. We won and I just can’t believe it happened,” said Bozoljac. “For me, it definitely means a lot because this is my best performance in Davis Cup so far. I knew if I give my 100 per cent for one match, I could play on a really high level.”

Bozoljac was playing his first doubles match since September, when he lost his opener at the Petange Challenger in Luxembourg. He is ranked No. 1150. Zimonjic improved his Davis Cup doubles record to a 27-11 mark.

The Bryans were bidding to post their first victory from two sets down and in turn, dropped back-to-back matches in Davis Cup action for the first time. The twins also lost a five-setter to Brazilians Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in February.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will aim to close out the tie for the visitors against American No. 1 Sam Querrey.

CANADA 2 ITALY 1
Venue: Thunderbird Sports Centre, Vancouver, CAN (hard – indoor)

In an equally thrilling contest, Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil edged Daniele Bracciali and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 3-6, 15-13 to give the host nation a 2-1 lead against Italy.

Nestor and Pospisil combined to hit 91 winners to 46 unforced errors and won 15 more total points to prevail in four hours and 27 minutes. With the victory, Nestor notched his 30th Davis Cup doubles win.

“We never got negative between us, even when we were missing our shots,” said Nestor. “Vasek really stepped it up in the fifth set. That’s what made the difference.”

Pospisil added, “At each changeover I just kept reminding myself to keep my intensity up. I felt it was just a matter of time before we broke them as long as we continued to serve the way we were.”

Milos Raonic will look to clinch the tie for his country when he takes on fellow Top 20 player Andreas Seppi.

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