Djokovic, Krajinovic remain flawless in Madrid to send Serbia into quarters
Novak Djokovic heaped praise on his team-mate Filip Krajinovic after the pair secured Serbia's place in the quarter-finals, as Group A winners, with straight-sets singles victories against France at the Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals on Thursday.
After Krajinovic's 7-5, 7-6(5) success over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Djokovic sealed the tie for Serbia against France by easing past the 24th-ranked Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-3 in 69 minutes. The result means the French, who are last year's Davis Cup runners-up, are eliminated from the competition. Serbia will take on Russia in the quarter-finals on Friday.
"The team is looking good, we won all six sets yesterday, it was important getting a clean sheet against Japan coming into today’s match. Filip definitely gave me wings with his win, which was quite amazing, Tsonga was playing well and in good form and Filip was just fantastic on the court today. Credit to him," said a proud Djokovic on Centre Court at Caja Mágica.
"My side, I think I played solid. Benoit started very well, he had some break points in the first game, managed to save those and I made crucial breaks at the right time I think in both sets. It’s tough to play Benoit, he’s a very talented guy, very unpredictable as well, big serve but can come up with different shots, some uncharacteristic mistakes but at the same time he can come up with some amazing winners, so I had to stay focused all the way through."
"Filip definitely gave me wings with his win, which was quite amazing"
Krajinovic was pleased with how well he dealt with the pressure of opening up the tie against Tsonga and is yet to drop a set this week in the Spanish capital.
The Serbian world No.40 won 86 percent of his first-serve points and saved the sole break point he faced en route to dismantling Tsonga, who committed 38 unforced errors.
“I feel very happy today, I think I played really well, I played aggressive, I served well. It’s such an honour to play for Serbia, it’s a special feeling. I’m really feeling well here. Thanks to everybody, thanks to my team for choosing me to play and I think we deserve to win,” said Krajinovic, who is 8-2 in Davis Cup singles matches.
“It’s a lot of pressure on my side but with this amazing team they give me a lot of confidence.”
Recently-crowned ATP Finals doubles champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut scored a consolation point for France as they defeated Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 to bid Madrid farewell on a positive note.
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