Serbia, France set up semi-final clash

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

Zimonjic, Serbia's 40-year old coach and doubles specialist, made a barrage of unforced errors but Troicki, who shone in Friday's straight-sets win over Carreno Busta, inspired the home team with another immaculate display.

"It worked well today and I won a lot of points off my first serve".

Victory for Djokovic was a major confidence boost for the former World No. 1 who has lost his Wimbledon, US and Australian Open titles in the past year and surrendered the top ranking spot to Andy Murray.

Spain captain Conchita Martinez believes her team still has the armoury to beat Serbia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals this weekend despite the absence of 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

In Belgrade, Serb Novak Djokovic returned in style after an elbow injury, sweeping past Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on indoor hard courts.

The winners of this tie will go through to a semi-final against either France or Great Britain.

On a ideal day for all four of the quarter-final hosts, Australia were 2-0 up on the United States in Brisbane, closing in on a semi-final date against Belgium who were 2-0 ahead of Italy in Charleroi.

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"What Federer has accomplished this year is admirable and it shows that one can play at the top level even at his age", said Djokovic.

"I have lost matches in my career before, I'm going to lose more", said Edmund.

British pair Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray gave up breaks when serving to remain in the third set and match, Benneteau and Mahut running out 7-6 (9-7) 5-7 7-5 7-5 winners to keep their nation's hopes of a first title since 2001 alive.

Australia had taken a 2-0 lead on Friday when Jordan Thompson stunned Sock and Nick Kyrgios eased past John Isner. "I always draw very positive energy from the Davis Cup as it invariably brings out the best in me".

Belgium were also leading 2-0 after the first day of their tie against Italy in Charleroi but were pegged back as Simone Bolelli and Andreas Seppi clawed out a five-set win against home duo Rubens Bemelmans and Joris de Loore.

"I am glad there was to be no final twist in the fifth set as it was an emotionally and physically exhausting encounter", Troicki said.

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