Mostbet app: The teammate of the world ranking leader cracked his racket when he realized he was in trouble. A video review of the most interesting moments of the semifinals.
Madrid played host to the first semifinal of the Davis Cup, the final event in the tennis calendar. And one of the two men’s tournaments for national teams along with the ATP Cup. The tournament brought together two bitter rivals, Serbia and Croatia. Who used to be one country (Yugoslavia) and didn’t part ways quietly.
This does not really affect the relationships between the tennis players. For example, Serbian leader Novak Djokovic is coached by Croatian Goran Ivanisevic. Among others – but for some fans of both teams this is a very important confrontation.
The semifinals began with a match between world No. 279 Borna Goyo and Dušan Lajović (33). Filip Krajinovic was not ready to play in singles, and Viktor Troicki decided not to bet against Miomir Kecmanovic. Who had lost a three-hour marathon to Mikhail Kukushkin two days before.
The Croatian started well, leading 4-1, but then Lajovic came back and took five games in a row. In the second game, however, the Serb failed to break again, breaking his serve. Borna also started the decisive set with a break. Sealing it with a powerful backhand volley on a breakaway.
He made a simple mistake on the baseline and started hitting the court with his racket, angering the rest of the court.
And Goyo, after that, got the courage. Look what an incredible candle he hit under the line!
Borna gave his opponent no chance to win back, and confidently brought his team its first point in the semifinals. He also made a huge contribution to the team’s success in the quarterfinals. Sensationally beating Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego.
It was then up to world ranking leader Djokovic to save Serbia. Marin Cilic gave Novak a good fight, but the World No. 1 had a chance to win in the decisive moments. In a hard-fought first set and taking the lead with a break in the second set the Serb allowed himself a little creativity on the court – for example, a technical candle after a shortened set.
After breaking the game at 0, Novak scored a match point which he converted with a backhand volley on a nice skip.
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However, Cilic was not going to defeat Djokovic at any cost. After Goyo won it was enough to exhaust Novak, and everything had to be decided by a doubles combination, where Croatia has the best pair in the world – Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.
The doubles leaders have won nine tournaments this season, including Wimbledon, the Olympics and three Masters. For all the greatness of Djokovic in singles, even he has trouble competing on equal terms with a pair of this level, especially considering how much he and any of his partners are inferior to Mektic and Pavic in terms of chemistry.
Novak’s partner, by the way, was not Nikola Cacic, as in his two previous doubles matches, but Filip Krajinovic. For a while, Troicki kept his hopes for Krajinovic alive as Filip came up with some great baskets, such as the overhand sweep.
However, at the very end of the game, the Croatians took the Serbian serve without taking it to a tiebreak. In the second set the game was much faster. Mektic’s technical shortcut from the backhand brought them closer to a break.
Djokovic embarrassedly kicked his bag of rackets on the bench after he broke the tiebreak. The emotional outburst didn’t help Serbia escape. Djokovic and Krajinovic lost not a single game, dropping out of the race for the prestigious trophy. If the Russian team reaches the final, it will face Croatia, in which case it would be very desirable to win two singles instead of a doubles match.