Novak Djokovic’s Serbia beaten by Russia in Davis Cup quarter-finals

Russia’s Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev saved three match aspects to beat Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki within the decisive doubles
2019 Davis Cup finals
Venue:Caja Magica, MadridDates:18-24 November
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Novak Djokovic’s Serbia missed out on the Davis Cup semi-finals as he and companion Viktor Troicki lost the decisive doubles in opposition to Russia despite having three match aspects.

The 16-time Massive Slam champion had levelled the tie by beating Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-3 after Andrey Rublev gained 6-1 6-2 in opposition to Filip Krajinovic.

However Djokovic and Troicki lost 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8) to Khachanov and Rublev within the doubles as Russia took the tie 2-1.

“I let my team down,” Troicki said.

The 33-year-extinct, who sent a easy volley long to squander Serbia’s closing match point, used to be speaking at an emotional news conference, where captain Nenad Zimonjic and quite a lot of of the team had been in tears.

“I by no system experienced this type of second in my profession, in my life,” said Troicki, who in 2010 gained the final point that sealed the title for Serbia in opposition to France in Belgrade.

“We had been up within the tie-shatter. We had probabilities to invent it – we did no longer attain it. I messed up within the vital moments.

“God gave me as soon as to be the hero, per chance to remove the Davis Cup within the deciding rubber. Now he took it away. I’m if truth be told disappointed with myself.

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“At the cease there used to be one point that determined it. And I’m if truth be told, if truth be told disappointed in myself that I couldn’t wait on my focal point till the cease and invent.”

World quantity two Djokovic added: “It hurts, this if truth be told hurts badly.”

Russia face Canada in Saturday’s semi-finals (10:00 GMT), before Sizable Britain face hosts Spain within the assorted final-four tie (16:30).

World quantity 1 Rafael Nadal ensured he and Spain did no longer practice Djokovic out of the competition, a hit in singles and doubles in opposition to Argentina.

Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta used to be crushed 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 by Guido Pella but Nadal thumped Diego Schwartzman 6-1 6-2 and then teamed up with Marcel Granollers to beat Maximo Gonzalez and Leonardo Mayer 6-4 4-6 6-3.

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