Djokovic keeps Serbia alive as Spain reaches ATP Cup semi-finals By Reuters

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By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic rallied to beat Alexander Zverev 6-7 (3) 6-2 7-5 in a high-quality ATP Cup clash and help defending champions Serbia level their tie against Germany after Spain qualified for the ATP Cup. semi-finals in Melbourne on Friday. A year after crashing in the inaugural ATP Cup with a slew of double faults, Alexander Zverev’s serve demons came back under pressure at Rod Laver Arena when he was broken twice late in the deciding set. Unusually, Djokovic also dropped serve when looking to close out the match, but was not wrong on his second chance as Zverev conceded a backhand that sailed long. “I thought it was a great game. I thought we both played well,” Djokovic said on the court after extending his undefeated record to 11-0 in the ATP Cup. “He definitely had a great service game. It was very difficult to play against. him today. Obviously in the last two games we were pretty even. ” The Group A tie will be decided by doubles, with Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff after defeating Dusan Lajovic 3-6 6-3 6-4 in the previous match at the Rod Laver Arena. The winners will join Spain, Russia and Italy in the semi-finals. With Rafa Nadal still out with a back problem, Pablo Carreña Busta led an exhausted Spain to the quarterfinals by beating Greek Michail Pervolarakis 6-3, 6-4 at the John Cain Arena. Although eliminated, Greece ended up winning the tie 2-1, with Stefanos Tsitsipas beating Roberto Bautista Agut 7 -5 7-5 Spain withdrew after losing the first doubles match, giving Greece the victory.

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