Djokovic lifts Serbia into Davis semis

THE SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 12:54 PM ET

SPLIT, Croatia - Novak Djokovic notched a straight-set win over Marin Cilic to lift Serbia to a Davis Cup quarterfinal victory over Croatia.

Djokovic posted a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 triumph in the first of Sunday's reverse singles matches to give the Serbs an insurmountable 3-1 edge in the best-of- five tie. Janko Tipsarevic then claimed a 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) win over Antonio Veic in the dead rubber to complete a 4-1 Serbian victory.

Serbia will next face the Czech Republic in September's semifinals after the Czechs had already clinched their quarterfinal matchup against Chile on Saturday.

Djokovic had won the opening singles match on Friday against Ivan Ljubicic to give Serbia the early advantage before Cilic beat Victor Troicki in the second to square the series.

The Serbs then won the pivotal doubles match on Saturday behind a straight-set triumph by Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic for a 2-1 edge, setting up Djokovic for the clincher.

Serbia, which beat the United States in the first round earlier this year, will play in the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time as an independent nation. Players from Croatia and Serbia previously competed under the flag of Yugoslavia, which had last reached the semifinals in 1991.


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