Djokovic devastated as Davis Cup semi-finalists decided
Novak Djokovic of Serbia in action during his doubles match played with Viktor Troicki of Serbia against Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev of Russia during the Day 5 of the 2019 Davis Cup

The semi-finalists for the 2019 Davis Cup have been decided with Serbia bowing out to Russia in emotional scenes for Novak Djokovic’s side.

Serbia lost 2-1 to Russia, who will progress to play Canada in the last four with Great Britain to face Spain in the other semi-final in Madrid.

Andrey Rublov knocked off Filip Krajinović easily, before Djokovic countered with a straight sets win over Karen Khachanov to send the tie to a deciding doubles clash.

In an epic contest, Khachanov and Rublev teamed up to edge Djokovic and Viktor Troicki 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (10-8).

Serbia blew three match points in the defeat, including a disastrous miss from Troicki who blamed himself for the loss.

“I probably feel the worst ever,” Troicki said.

“I never experienced such a moment in my career, in my life. And I let my team down, and I apologise to them.

“We had chances to finish it. We didn’t do it. I messed up in the crucial moments.”

Djokovic was equally devastated as Serbia failed to give the retiring Janko Tipsarevic a triumphant farewell.

“It hurts really badly,” Djokovic said. “These kinds of matches happen once in maybe forever. That’s it. The season is done and we’re turning the next page.”

Canada had beaten Australia 2-1 after Nick Kyrgios was surprisingly benched in the singles.

The British eased past Germany 2-0 while Rafa Nadal helped the hosts past [[Argentina] 2-1.

Ben somerford
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