Novak Djokovic saw off Yoshihito Nishioka to lead Serbia to a 3-0 win over Japan at the Davis Cup Finals and set up a showdown with France for top spot in Group A.
The 16-time Grand Slam winner admits he was slightly “nervous” facing the “tricky” Nishioka, but he got the job done with a 6-2, 6-1 win while Filip Krajinovic secured a 6-2, 6-4 win over Yuichi Sugita.
Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic then completed the sweep with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4) win over Yasutaka Uchiyama and Ben McLachlan in the doubles.
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“It was a nervy start,” Djokovic told DavisCupFinals.com. “It took time to get used to playing on the court, to get used to the conditions and the lights. But I was pleased. Nishioka is a tricky player. I’ve never faced him before, but he’s got some of the quickest legs on the Tour.”
World No 1 Rafale Nadal, meanwhile, won his 26th consecutive Davis Cup singles match as Spain cruised into the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over Croatia.
Nadal beat Borna Gojo 6-4, 6-3, Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Nikola Mektic 6-1, 6-3 and then the 19-time Grand Slamw inner teamed up with Marcel Granollers to beat Mate Pavic and Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-4.
“You never know what’s going on in the future,” Nadal said of the decision to play in the doubles.
“I didn’t play doubles for the last year so for me it as important to at least have the feeling to play on court again. With Marcel things have been easier, and we played a good doubles.”
Australia also reached the quarters as they beat Belgium and they will face Canada, who saw off their North American rivals the United States.
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