Serbia, Australia France & Belgium nearing Davis Cup semis

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Spain captain Conchita Martinez believes her team still has the armoury to beat Serbia in the Davis Cup quarter-finals this weekend despite the absence of 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

With the USA boasting a team of in-form Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, Hewitt will be banking on two wins from the mercurial Kyrgios as his second singles player is the inexperienced world number 79 Jordan Thompson.

The 24-year-old La Marsa-native upset former top-10er and current world No56 Marcos Baghdatis (who just last year was a runner-up at the ATP 500 Dubai tournament) 7-5, 7-6 (2), 4-6, 4-6, 6-1 in the second rubber of the tie to give the Tunisians a 2-0 lead.

LONDON-France will meet Serbia in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup after both finished off their last-eight ties inside two days on Saturday but Australia and Belgium were made to sweat.

Italy's chances of seeing off Belgium in Charleroi were hit on Wednesday when Fabio Fognini, who came from two sets down to win the decisive rubber in Argentina in February, was ruled out with injury.

France, which lost at the final hurdle seven years ago on the road against Serbia, is one round away from a return trip to the title tie after finishing off Great Britain on Saturday afternoon.

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But firebrand Kyrgios needed to seal the deal for Australia on Sunday, securing the winning point in the first of the reverse singles to defeat 32-time champions United States.

Novak Djokovic put Serbia on course for the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday before admitting that seeing his career plunge into free fall since his history-making French Open triumph had been "hard to accept". Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut edged Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5 after three hours and 20 minutes.

"It's always special to play in Belgrade and Serbia in general, as it's a rare opportunity to get together and win for our country, as well as play quality tennis in front of our fans".

"I'm super proud of these guys today", Courier said, "but it still will take a monstrous effort from us on Day 3".

"I am glad there was to be no final twist in the fifth set as it was an emotionally and physically exhausting encounter", Troicki said.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic in action during his Men's singles first round match against Spain's Fernando Verdasco at the Australian Open in Melbourne, January 17, 2017. "That's their strength, they have 10 players they can rotate and are unsafe on any surface".

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