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Novak Djokovic defeats Dennis Novak on Friday in Austria.

Djokovic Seals Tie For Serbia

Lajovic beats Melzer

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic secured victory for Serbia Friday at the Davis Cup Finals, cruising past Dennis Novak 6-3, 6-2 to give the former champions victory against Austria in Group F.

The 34-year-old did not face a break point and found his rhythm as the match went on, winning nine of the last 11 games to secure victory in 60 minutes. Djokovic has now recorded 35 Davis Cup singles wins.

“It feels great to play for Serbia again," Djokovic said. "We are part of an individual sport, but I love to play for my country and I try to play when they need me. It has been a long year, but you always find extra motivation playing for your country.”

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Earlier, Dusan Lajovic stood firm under pressure, edging Gerald Melzer 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-5 to give Serbia a 1-0 lead in Innsbruck, Austria.

The World No. 33 fired 29 winners and recovered from squandering a break advantage in the third set, converting his fourth match point to secure victory after two hours and 42 minutes.

“It is the Davis Cup. It is the emotions, the stress, the pressure,” Lajovic said. “It is the tight moments all the time. He played some good tennis in the past couple of months, and had confidence and showed it today, playing great tennis. My team helped me so much.”

Nikola Cacic and Filip Krajinovic rounded off a dominant day for Serbia in the doubles, defeating Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-3 to seal a 3-0 win.

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