Djokovic beats Norrie, sends Serbia past Great Britain into Davis Cup semi-finals

Serbia is through to the Davis Cup semi-finals thanks to Novak Djokovic’s straight-set defeat of Cameron Norrie on Thursday in Malaga, Spain. Serbia faces Italy on Saturday.

Novak Djokovic, Davis Cup Finals - Zuma / Panoramic Novak Djokovic, Davis Cup Finals – Zuma / Panoramic

Novak Djokovic won the Nitto ATP Finals less than a week ago and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Djokovic took the court in the Davis Cup quarter-finals on Thursday night in Malaga, Spain and had no trouble defeating Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-4. Following Miomir Kecmanovic’s 7-6(2), 7-6(6) victory over Jack Draper in the first singles rubber, Djokovic’s win sent Serbia through to the semi-finals — where they will meet Italy on Saturday.

The 24-time Grand Slam champion prevailed in one hour and 41 minutes.

Djokovic was never troubled on serve — and that’s an understatement. He did not face a single break point and did not even go to deuce in any service game. Norrie won a mere three return points in the opening set and just five in the second. Breaks for Djokovic at 2-2 in the first and 0-0 in the second (at love) were easily enough to propel himself across the finish line.

Djokovic remains dominant in Davis Cup

Djokovic has now won 21 consecutive singles rubbers for Serbia dating back to his last loss in 2011 — which came via retirement (against Juan Martin Del Potro). The 36-year-old has not lost a completed singles rubber in this competition since 2009 (to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the World Group first round).

Djokovic v Sinner for third time in 11 days

Saturday’s tie between Serbia and Italy is expected to be headlined by the third meeting in the span of 11 days between Djokovic and Jannik Sinner. They faced each other twice at the Nitto ATP Finals, where Sinner upset the world No 1 in round-robin competition before falling to Djokovic in the championship match.

The first semi-final will be played on Friday, featuring Finland and Australia.

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