Double delight for Djokovic as Serbia seal progression

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Serbia have become the second team to enter the quarter-finals of the ongoing ATP Cup after they edged out France to top Group A. An animated and emotional Novak Djokovic carried Serbia to the final eight as he alongside Viktor Troicki clinched the 2-1 tie victory in a deciding doubles match against France's Nicolas Mahut/Edouard Roger-Vasselin. "It was really nice for him that he came to my match afterwards, because his support means a lot to me", Coric said of Cilic. "Definitely got off to a little bit of a nervous start but I am really pleased with the way I was able to turn it around and felt pretty much went toe-to-toe from midway through the first set through the rest of the match". Roberto Bautista Agut had given Spain the lead after an equally one-sided 6-1 6-2 win against Franco Roncadelli in the $15 million ATP Cup, which features 24 nations competing in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney over 10 days.

"My team stayed with me, told me to stay focussed in the match".

A 6-2, 6-3 doubles victory for Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury over Albot and Cozbinov completed the 3-0 win'over Moldova, leaving the British in a good position to qualify for the for the quarter finals that begin Thursday at Sydney Olympic Park.

"Obviously playing Gael, you know you are going to have a lot of exchanges, a lot of rallies. He's a great fighter".

"I grew up with Viktor, the last one we played was really tough because we had match points against Russian Federation in the quarters of the Davis Cup and we lost".

In the early tie, former world number five Kevin Anderson showed he was on his way back after an injury-ruined 2019 when he thrashed Chile's Cristian Garin 6-0, 6-3.

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After this contest, the head to head between Djokovic and Monfils is 16-0 for Novak.

Other winners on Monday were Japan, Croatia, South Africa and Austria. Spain now have two wins from two starts in Group B and will have to face up to undefeated Japan to determine first place and automatic qualification for the Sydney playoffs.

Raven Klaasen and Ruan Roelofse made a whitewash of it when they fought past Garin and Jarry in the doubles, 1-6, 6-3, 10-7. "The things I'm doing, the things we're working on seeing", said Anderson, who missed the second half of past year after suffering a knee injury at Wimbledon.

After more than three months off court, Williams described her first match since losing the US Open final in September as "solid" rather than spectacular. "Because it's a team competition, you're always kind of finding that additional energy and strength and motivation that is probably always different in individual tournaments, because it's all about you", Djokovic said.

"I tried to make a lot of balls using my tennis style - moving a lot, using the moon ball".

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