Troicki comeback puts Serbia 2-0

Crowds were largely subdued in the opening two sets of Troicki’s titanic tussle with world tennis upcoming prospect Coric, who ran the Serb rugged with stinging baseline shots.
Troicki looked off the pace and struggled in long rallies as Coric justified Djokovic’s accolades describing the youngster as a rising star and the next big name of the men’s ATP Tour.
However, when the match seemed beyond the Serb’s reach after Coric broke his serve in the opening game of the third set, it was as if a different Troicki appeared out of nowhere while Coric wilted mentally and physically.
“I played the best tennis of my life in the opening two sets and then, after missing two or three volleys which I shouldn’t have, I just ran out of steam and ideas while Viktor became aggressive and took advantage of my mistakes,” said Coric.
“Physical fitness made all the difference in this match as I couldn’t keep up with the high tempo game.”
The home crowd favourite, who dug deep into his vast experience and resources, won the next five games and then held serve to haul himself back into the match, galvanising a capacity 3,000 home crowd and his team mates on the Serbian bench.
Having turned the match on its head, Troicki took over completely mixing searing forehands with volleys and powerful serves to rattle his opponent, who inexplicably handed over the initiative after he seemed to be home and dry.
Troicki turned the tide after breaking Coric’s serve in the fifth game of the fourth set, clinching the next seven games to level the match at two sets all and then take a commanding 4-0 lead in the fifth.
An ecstatic home crowd erupted in joy after the 29-year old from Belgrade capped a long-awaited return to Serbia’s Davis Cup team with Coric smashing a forehand into the net after three hours and three minutes of play.
“The fans really gave me a huge lift when I was two sets down,” a delighted Troicki told Serbian television in a courtside interview.
“I was the one bereft of ideas in the opening two sets but clawing my way back into the match gave me the confidence and strength to complete the comeback against a top quality opponent.
“Winning the 2010 Davis Cup was the biggest moment of my tennis career and we would surely like to repeat that. We feel good and believe we can go far this year. I am definitely fit to play the doubles tomorrow, that’s one my strengths. I could have played longer today if I needed to.”