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Super Serbs rally to win Davis Cup

Serbia celebrated their first Davis Cup title.

Serbia celebrated their first Davis Cup title on Sunday as Viktor Troicki thrashed France’s Michael Llodra to secure a memorable 3-2 victory inside a rocking Belgrade Arena.

Chants of ‘Viktor’ and ‘Serbia’ reverberated around the imposing 17,000-capacity venue as Troicki,a late swap for the deciding rubber,won 6-2 6-2 6-3 against a powerless opponent who cracked under the pressure.

Serbia begun the day 2-1 in arrears against the nine-times champions after losing a cliffhanger doubles rubber on Saturday,but first Novak Djokovic pummelled Gael Monfils to level the tie before Troicki finished the job. After claiming the first set with ease he went 2-0 down in the second but reeled off eight consecutive games to a cacophony of beating drums and chanting.

Llodra raised the tension levels when he broke serve to close to 3-4 in the third set but Troicki,with Djokovic and the rest of his team willing him on at courtside,held his nerve. A weak Llodra volley brought up two match points and the party could start in earnest when Troicki fired a backhand winner past the despairing Frenchman.

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Earlier,Djokovic swept past Gael Monfils on Sunday as Serbia leveled the Davis Cup final against France at 2-2. Djokovic won 6-2,6-2,6-4 in the first reverse singles of the best-of-five series. The first break for the Serb came in the fourth game of the first set when Monfils attempted a cheeky forehand through his legs while leading 30-0. He failed,had to change his racket after hitting it on the turf,and lost the next four points.

Djokovic won the set with a forehand that grazed the net. Monfils put up tougher resistance in the third set,saving three break points at 1-0 and then breaking Djokovic’s serve for 2-1. Djokovic broke back,but then again failed to hold his serve for 4-3 to the Frenchman.

Djokovic had another break for 4-4 after a crosscourt volley. He held on to his serve and then broke Monfils to secure the victory. “I don’t know if I had a chance,” said Monfils,whose record against Djokovic fell to 0-6. “He was better than me tonight.” Just like Serbia over France.

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