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Djokovic keeps Serbia in with chance of Davis Cup progress despite doubles defeat

It came down to the doubles between Serbia and Germany after the world No 1’s win

Novak Djokovic Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his match against Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff (Panoramic)

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic could not stop his nation from falling to a 2-1 Davis Cup defeat at the hands of Germany – with the tie coming down to a thrilling doubles decider.

Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz beat Djokovic and partner Nikola Cacic 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5) in a match that lasted two hours and 16 minutes to complete a famous victory.

Djokovic had earlier beaten Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany 6-2, 6-4 to level up the tie – and edge his country closer to progressing from Group F.

It was the world No 1’s seventh straight win over that particular opponent – and his17th consecutive victory in the competition.

Dominik Koepfer had won the first singles match of the day, beating Filip Krajinovic 7-6(4), 6-4.

Serbia won their first tie against Austria 3-0 and remain top of the group – but Germany are now favourites to beat Austria tomorrow and win the group, meaning Djokovic and his compatriots will be hoping to progress as one of the best-scoring runners-up.

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