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  • Serbia can stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal, says Branislav Ivanovic March 27, 2015

    Belgrade: Portugal have one of the world's top players in Cristiano Ronaldo but Serbia are good enough to contain him in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Lisbon on Sunday, the Balkan nation's captain Branislav Ivanovic said. Portugal are second in Group I with six points from three matches, one less than...
  • Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic takes Troicki's place in doubles v Croatia March 7, 2015

    World number one Novak Djokovic has replaced Viktor Troicki as Nenad Zimonjic's partner for Serbia in Saturday's doubles against Croatia in their Davis Cup world group first-round tie, the International Tennis Federation said. Serbia, the 2010 winners, are 2-0 up after Djokovic enjoyed a straight-sets win over Mate Delic in Friday's...
  • Ana Ivanovic reaches Monterrey Open semi-finals March 7, 2015

    Monterry, Mexico: Top-seeded defending champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia advanced to the Monterrey Open semi-finals Friday night, beating Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-3, 6-2. On Saturday in the hard-court event at Club Sonoma, Ivanovic will face third-seeded Caroline Garcia of France. Garcia, the runner-up last week in the Mexico Open in...
  • Davis Cup: Serbia, Britain in control as depleted Swiss hold Belgium March 7, 2015

    Kraljevo, Serbia: Serbia carved out a 2-0 lead over rivals Croatia while Britain led the US by the same score and holders Switzerland were tied with Belgium in the Davis Cup world group first round on Friday. France also raced into a 2-0 lead away to Germany after Gilles Simon overpowered...
  • Novak Djokovic gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Croatia in Davis Cup March 6, 2015

    Serbia: Novak Djokovic gave Serbia a 1-0 lead over Croatia by beating Mate Delic 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in the first round of the Davis Cup. The top-ranked Serb converted early break points in each set on an indoor hard court. Croatian teen Borna Coric will play Viktor Troicki in the...
  • Marin Cilic to miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia March 2, 2015

    Marin Cilic has failed to recover from injury and will miss Croatia's Davis Cup tie against Serbia next weekend. Croatia team captain Zeljko Krajan said Monday "we had expected a miracle, but Cilic is not ready for five-sets matches." U.S. Open champion Cilic has not played this season because of a right...
  • Smooth draw for Novak Djokovic at Australian Open January 16, 2015

    Melbourne: Serb Novak Djokovic's chances of winning a fifth Australian Open title have been boosted by a kind draw in the opening week of the year's first grand slam, while women's top seed Serena Williams kicks off her campaign against Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck. World number one Djokovic faces a qualifier...
  • Novak Djokovic to make Davis Cup return for Serbia November 19, 2014

    Serbia's world number one Novak Djokovic will return to Davis Cup action after a season's absence when he leads his country against Croatia in the first round in March, he said on Wednesday. "Novak returns to the Serbia Davis Cup team for the first-round tie against Croatia from March 6-8," said...
  • India lose 23 against Serbia in Davis Cup World Group playoff September 15, 2014

    Champions in 2010 and runnersup last year Serbia regained their Davis Cup World Group spot when they completed a 32 win over India in the playoff on Monday. ...
  • Davis Cup: Pressure was high but proud to win it for Serbia, says Krajinovic September 15, 2014

    Bangalore: A sleepless night following raininduced suspension of play and overnight change of schedules seemed to have done little to dampen Filip Krajinovic who won the decisive fifth rubber to help Serbia beat India 32 in their Davis Cup World Group playoff here Monday afternoon. The match was halted Sunday night...
  • India lose 23 against Serbia in Davis Cup World Group playoff September 15, 2014

    Bangalore: Champions in 2010 and runnersup last year Serbia regained their Davis Cup World Group spot when they completed a 32 win over India in the playoff on Monday. Filip Kranjinovic won the second reverse singles that was halted Sunday night due to rain, against Yuki Bhambri 63, 64, 64. It took...
  • Marin Cilic leads Croatia to Davis Cup playoff win, Spain out September 15, 2014

    Marin Cilic completed a dream week by steering Croatia into the Davis Cup World Group on Sunday but Spain found themselves out in the wilderness after crashing to defeat in Brazil. Less than a week after winning the US Open, Cilic snatched the crucial fifth rubber of Croatia's World Group playoff...
  • Davis Cup: Dusan Lajovic blames 'fatigue' for the loss against Somdev September 14, 2014

    Speaking on how tough was it to play Somdev, who drops the ball deep on his returns, Dusan said the Indian played his usual game and he tried to ape which done him in. "Its the thing about Davis Cup. It complicates things. Som played his usual game on the slow...
  • Davis Cup: Doubles win by Paes and Bopanna inspired me, says Somdev September 14, 2014

    Bangalore: The doubles win by Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna that kept India in the reckoning was a huge source of inspiration, Somdev Devvarman said on Sunday after he won a fiveset battle against Serbia's Dusan Lajovic to tie the rubber in the Davis Cup World Group playoff here. "Of course,...
  • Davis Cup: Somdev Devvarman stuns Lajovic as India, Serbia locked 22 September 14, 2014

    Bangalore: A resilient Somdev Devvarman won the battle of nerves and wits as he pulled off a stunning fiveset victory over world number 61 Dusan Lajovic to lock the Davis Cup World Group playoff tie against Serbia 22, on Sunday. Somdev overcame a sluggish start to carve out a heroic 16,...
  • Best Davis Cup comeback win for me: Leander Paes September 14, 2014

    Bangalore: Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes on Sunday said that the dramatic victory he pulled off along with partner Rohan Bopanna against formidable Serbians was the best comeback effort of his Davis Cup career. Paes and Bopanna overcame a twoset deficit to beat Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bojolzac in a...
  • Davis Cup: India trail 12 against Serbia as Paes, Bopanna win in doubles September 13, 2014

    Bangalore: The pair of Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna kept India afloat with a stirring fiveset win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in the crucial doubles match of the Davis Cup World Group playoff tie on Saturday. Down by two sets and by a break in the third, the Indians...
  • An uphill task for India in Davis Cup: Somdev September 13, 2014

    Bangalore: A despondent Somdev Devvarman, after his fourset loss to Filip Krajinovic which put Serbia 20 ahead after the first day in the Davis Cup World Group playoff here on Friday, felt that India faced an uphill task to get back into the tie. "It is going to be extremely tough,...
  • Davis Cup: Serbia take day one honours, lead 20 against India September 12, 2014

    Even a secondstring Serbia proved a mighty opponent as Yuki Bhambri and Somdev Devvarman suffered crushing singles defeats to leave India trailing 02 on the opening day of the Davis Cup World Group playoff tie here today. Serbia, who are here without their top stars, dominated the proceedings to comfortably place...
  • Davis Cup: Unforced errors cost me, says Yuki Bhambri September 12, 2014

    Bangalore: Yuki Bhambri, who failed to rise to the occasion and suffered a straightset bashing at the hands of Dusan Lajovic in the opening singles, on Friday said unforced errors and failure to push the opponent hard had done in him in the Davis Cup World Group Playoff tie. "I felt...
  • Davis Cup: Serbia expect to beat India even without Novak Djokovic September 11, 2014

    Even without Novak Djokovic on the court, Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic is expecting a win when his team plays India in the Davis Cup playoffs. Djokovic opted out of the bestoffive series due to fatigue. "It does not matter who is playing," Obradovic said Thursday. "The team needs to be prepared and...
  • India face Djokovicless Serbia in Davis Cup September 11, 2014

    The Indian Davis Cup team faces a David versus Goliath moment from Friday when they take on 2013 runnersup and 2010 champions Serbia in the world group playoff. ...
  • Yuki Bhambri to play Dusan Lajovic in first Davis singles September 11, 2014

    Bangalore: Yuki Bhambri and Dusan Lajovic will open the proceedings, playing the first singles in the Davis Cup World Group playoff tie between India and Serbia beginning here on Friday, as per the draw that was made on Thursday by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. In the second singles, Somdev Devvarman will...
  • Davis Cup: India face tough battle against Serbia September 11, 2014

    Bangalore: India face one of the most ferocious Davis Cup challenges at home as nothing less than their best would be required to challenge world number two Serbia, who will test skill and strength of the hosts even without world number one Novak Djokovic, here from Friday. India last qualified for...
  • Bopanna convinced me to play in Davis Cup: Leander Paes September 11, 2014

    Leander Paes is ending his Davis Cup exile and will be featuring in India's group playoff against Serbia. ...
  • Leander Paes ready to take Davis Cup responsibility yet again September 9, 2014

    Bangalore: India's ace tennis player Leander Paes on Tuesday said that he was yet again ready to take the responsibility of playing a crucial role in the Davis Cup World playoff tie against Serbia which begins on Friday. Commenting on Somdev Devvarman's comment that the tie could hinge on doubles outcome,...
  • Djokovic's presence would have been good for tennis in India: Somdev September 8, 2014

    Bangalore: It would have been great for Indian tennis had Novak Djokovic decided to turn up in this week's Davis Cup tie in Bangalore, country's leading singles star Somdev Devvarman said on Monday. Djokovic was named in the Serbian Davis Cup squad but the world number one today withdrew, two days...
  • India will have edge in Novak Djokovic's absence: Anand Amritraj September 7, 2014

    Bangalore: India's Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj on Sunday said his side can beat the formidable Serbians if world number one Novak Djokovic give the World Group playoff tie a miss. "I am told that Djokovic is to confirm his playing tonight. If he does not turn up, it will be...
  • We are formidable with or without Novak Djokovic: Serbian captain September 7, 2014

    Bangalore: Indian tennis fans will know only on Monday whether world number one Novak Djokovic will come to India for the Davis Cup tie even as visiting captain Bogdan Obradovic asserted that his side would present a formidable challenge to the hosts with or without Djokovic. Obradovic, though, refused to take...
  • Leander Paes confirmed for Davis Cup tie against Serbia September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Veteran star Leander Paes is set to combine with Rohan Bopanna for the doubles rubber during the Davis Cup tie against Serbia, Indian captain Anand Amritraj confirmed on Sunday but he says nothing has been decided on the Asian Games squad as yet. The inclusion of 41yearold Paes in...