Djokovic beats Bublik, levels quarter-final with Kazakhstan
Djokovic’s win means the match will go to a deciding doubles for the right to face Croatia in the semi-finals
Mikhail Kukushkin had given Kazakhstan a surprise lead with an epic 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 win over Miomir Kecmanovic in the opening match but Djokovic made quick work of Bublik in a confident 6-3, 6-4 victory.
“Job is not done, even though I won my singles,” he said. “Hopefully we can get a win in the doubles, not going to be easy.”
Bublik had a break point chance for a 2-0 lead in the second set but that was as good as it got, the world No 1 quickly breaking and comfortably serving it out to force the tie to a deciding doubles.
The winner of the match will play Croatia in the semi-finals.