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Sep 18, 2011

Tennis-Argentina reach final after Djokovic retires hurt

BELGRADE, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Argentina beat holders Serbia
3-2 in their Davis Cup semi-final after world number one Novak
Djokovic retired with a rib and lower back injury against Juan
Martin Del Potro on Sunday.

Del Potro was leading 7-6 3-0 when Djokovic fell to the
ground with a scream of pain and then retired, giving Argentina
an unassailable 3-1 lead before Janko Tipsarevic beat David
Nalbandian in the dead rubber.

Sep 18, 2011

Holders Serbia win doubles to keep tie alive

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia kept alive their hopes of retaining the Davis Cup when Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki beat Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 6-4 6-2 on Saturday to leave Argentina 2-1 up going into the final day.

The hosts will now be hoping world number one Novak Djokovic, who did not play in Friday’s singles, can inspire a remarkable semi-final turnaround in the noisy Belgrade Arena which staged Serbia’s final triumph against France last year.

Sep 17, 2011

Tennis-Holders Serbia win doubles to keep tie alive

BELGRADE, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Serbia kept alive their hopes
of retaining the Davis Cup when Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor
Troicki beat Juan Monaco and Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 6-4 6-2 on
Saturday to leave Argentina 2-1 up going into the final day.

The hosts will now be hoping world number one Novak
Djokovic, who did not play in Friday’s singles, can inspire a
remarkable semi-final turnaround in the noisy Belgrade Arena
which staged Serbia’s final triumph against France last year.

Sep 16, 2011

Nalbandian and Del Potro put Argentina 2-0 up

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Argentina took a big step towards reaching the Davis Cup final when David Nalbandian and Juan Martin Del Potro secured a 2-0 lead over holders Serbia on Friday.

The home team’s hopes of advancing to their second successive final suffered a huge blow before a ball was hit as world number one Novak Djokovic pulled out of the opening singles rubber with pain in his lower back and ribs.

Sep 16, 2011

Tennis-Nalbandian and Del Potro put Argentina 2-0 up

BELGRADE, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Argentina took a big step
towards reaching the Davis Cup final when David Nalbandian and
Juan Martin Del Potro secured a 2-0 lead over holders Serbia on
Friday.

The home team’s hopes of advancing to their second
successive final suffered a huge blow before a ball was hit as
world number one Novak Djokovic pulled out of the opening
singles rubber with pain in his lower back and ribs.

Sep 16, 2011

Nalbandian gives Argentina 1-0 lead over Serbia

BELGRADE (Reuters) – David Nalbandian beat Viktor Troicki 6-4 4-6 6-2 6-3 to give Argentina a 1-0 lead over holders Serbia in their Davis Cup semi-final tie on Friday.

Former world number three Nalbandian, now ranked 74th on the men’s ATP tour, revived memories of the player he once was against world no. 16 Troicki with an effervescent performance in the Belgrade Arena.

Sep 15, 2011

Exhausted Djokovic could miss Davis Cup opener

BELGRADE, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic is not certain to play Friday’s opening singles rubber in Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina in the Belgrade Arena, the world number one said on Thursday.

Djokovic, who won his first U.S. Open title in New York on Monday, arrived in Belgrade on Thursday and went straight to the venue to practice after missing the draw which pitted him against David Nalbandian in the first match.

Sep 15, 2011

Tennis-Exhausted Djokovic could miss Davis Cup opener

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – *Djokovic believes he will
be fit for opening singles

*Troicki to replace world number one if he doesn’t recover
(releads with Djokovic quotes)

Sep 15, 2011

Jetlagged Djokovic uncertain for Davis Cup opener

BELGRADE (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic is not certain to play Friday’s opening singles rubber in Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina, coach Bogdan Obradovic said Thursday.

Djokovic, who won his first U.S. Open title in New York on Monday, arrived in Belgrade Thursday and missed the draw which pitted him against David Nalbandian in the first match.

Sep 15, 2011

Tennis-Jetlagged Djokovic uncertain for Davis Cup opener

BELGRADE, Sept 15 (Reuters) – World number one Novak
Djokovic is not certain to play Friday’s opening singles rubber
in Serbia’s Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina, coach Bogdan
Obradovic said on Thursday.

Djokovic, who won his first U.S. Open title in New York on
Monday, arrived in Belgrade on Thursday and missed the draw
which pitted him against David Nalbandian in the first match.

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