Davis Cup: Canada win epic doubles to take lead over Serbia
Belgrade: Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil subdued Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-7(6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 in a rip-roaring doubles on Saturday to give Canada a 2-1 lead against 2010 winners Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final.
Games went with serve in the final set until the tiring Zimonjic sliced a backhand into the net on his serve and Pospisil held in the final game of the four-hour, 20-minute contest.
Serbia`s world number one Novak Djokovic takes on 11th-ranked Milos Raonic in Sunday`s opening reverse singles in the first meeting between the two players before Janko Tipsarevic plays Pospisil in the tie`s final rubber.
Zimonjic and Bozoljac saved three set points to nose ahead in front of 8,000 vociferous fans in Belgrade`s Kombank Arena, including several hundred flag-waving Canadian supporters.
Nestor, who won one French Open and two Wimbledon titles with Zimonjic before they split in 2010, engineered a break of his former partner`s serve in the second set, which put Canada on level terms.
A delicious backhand down the middle from Bozoljac broke Nestor`s serve in the sixth game of the third set, allowing Serbia to regain control of the match before Pospisil redressed the balance when he sealed the fourth set tie-break with an ace.
Bozoljac saved one match point on Pospisil`s serve but was powerless to stop the second as the 22-year-old wrapped up the slugfest with a stinging forehand down the line.
Nestor was full of gratitude for Canada`s travelling support. "They were amazing and we really appreciate the time and resources they sacrificed to come here for us," the 41-year old Belgrade-born doubles specialist told a news conference.
"We`ve never had support like this away from home in the Davis Cup and we are delighted to have won a high-quality match against the home team in a tough environment.
"Our own celebrations at the end of it were very emotional because we are having a great year."
Bozoljac said: "We played in fits and starts.
"All four of us on the court were very aggressive and served well, but our undoing was that we couldn`t string more than a couple of good returns together at crunch time.
"We missed too many chances to come out on top but are still optimistic that Novak and Janko can turn it around."
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