Serbia lead Spain 2-0 in Davis Cup tie

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Serbia lead Spain 2-0 in Davis Cup tie

Belgrade, April 8 (IANS) World No. 2 Novak Djokovic helped Serbia take a 2-0 lead over Spain in the Davis Cup quarter-finals at Aleksandar Nikolic hall here.

Djokovic, who missed Miami Open and was forced to an early exit in Indian Wells due to an elbow injury, beat Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the first singles on Friday before Viktor Troicki outplayed Pablo Carenno Busta 6-3, 6-4, 6-3, reports Xinhua news agency.

In less than two hours, Djokovic demonstrated that he is on a good way to return to top shape that marked his last season.

“I am very satisfied with how I played, especially with my serve, because I haven’t served this well lately. Albert Ramos is not so famous to our audience, but he is 24th in the world, and certainly, has quality. If you give him space and the necessary time he can definitely give you trouble,” Djokovic said.

Bosnia hold Netherlands in Davis Cup tie

Sarajevo (Bosnia), April 8 (IANS) Bosnia and Herzegovina tied 1-1 at home with the Netherlands in the second round of the Davis Cup tennis competition.

Holland’s Robin Haase defeated Mirza Basic 6-4, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 in the first singles match on Friday, reports Xinhua news agency.

In the first set, both players held their serves until Haase, ranked 48th on the ATP list, broke his opponent for a 5-3 lead. He then took the second set and cruised to a 2-0 lead.

Basic played much better in the third set to pull one set back, but Haase broke early in the fourth for the victory.

“I have started well, when we exchanged punches. After the second set, Mirza played better, and it was difficult,” Haase said.

Damir Dzumhur leveled the tie at 1-1 after beating Thiemo de Bekker, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2.

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