DC 2011: Serbia advanced in Semifinals

World No. 29 Janko Tipsarevic secured defending champion Serbia’s place in the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday in Halmstad as he defeated Sweden’s Michael Ryderstedt 6-2, 7-5, 6-3 to give the visiting nation an insurmountable 3-1 lead in the tie.

Seven-time champion Sweden had pegged Serbia back with victory in Saturday’s doubles rubber, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic suffering a rare defeat this season alongside Nenad Zimonjic, but Tipsarevic quickly restored Serbia’s authority with a commanding performance against the No. 297-ranked Ryderstedt.

The 27 year old broke serve six times from 13 opportunities and won 92 per cent of points behind his first serve as he claimed the decisive victory in a minute over two hours. Tipsarevic improved his Davis Cup record to 35-13, with 28 of those victories coming in singles. The Belgrade native was a hero for Serbia in the 2010 semi-finals, when he won a decisive fifth rubber against Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek, and featured in the side that defeated France in the final.

“It feels really good,” said Tipsarevic. “I knew that Serbia was a huge favourite playing this match with Robin Soderling not here [for Sweden] and Novak [Djokovic] coming. But we took every match seriously, 100 per cent. Yesterday in the doubles, Simon [Aspelin] and Robert [Lindstedt] were just too good, but I’m happy that I helped my country once again go through to the semi-finals.”

Viktor Troicki rounded out the tie for Serbia as he prevailed against Robert Lindstedt in the dead rubber. Having lost the first set 3-6, the Serb had just levelled the match with a 6-4 second set when Lindstedt was forced to retire with a right wrist injury.

Serbia is on a seven-match winning streak in the ITF men’s team competition and will be at home against Argentina in September’s semi-finals.