Djokovic gives Serbs commanding 2-0 lead over Belgium

Updated: February 1, 2013

World No. 1 star Novak Djokovic was
an easy winner Friday, as his visiting Serbian team grabbed a commanding 2-0
lead against Belgium in their best-of-five first-round Davis Cup tie.

The opening Day-1 rubber saw Viktor Troicki pop 15 aces and charge from two-
sets-to-love down to post a 1-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over Belgian
David Goffin, who recorded more service breaks (8-6) in a losing effort in a
3-hour, 51-minute affair.

In Friday’s nightcap on the indoor red clay at the Charleroi’s Spiroudome,
the Australian Open champion Djokovic pummeled diminutive Belgian veteran
Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in a mere 1 hour, 39 minutes. Djokovic fired 20
aces and did not allow even one break-point chance in the predictable rout.

The 25-year-old Djokovic, who is now 20-7 in his career Davis Cup singles
matches, led the Serbs to their lone title three years ago. The six-time major
champion captured a third straight and fourth overall Aussie Open title last

Saturday’s doubles rubber has a Serbian tandem of Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic
taking on a Belgian duo of Ruben Bemelmans and Steve Darcis, while Sunday’s
reverse singles tentatively pit Djokovic against Goffin and Troicki
versus Rochus.

The Serbs are captained by Bogdan Obradovic, while the Belgians are led by
Johan van Herck.

Belgium is 1-0 against Serbia, with the lone previous meeting coming back in

The Serbia-Belgium winner will face the United States-Brazil victor in April’s