Novak Djokovic beat Benoît Paire from France, and so was Serbia ready for the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.
Novak Djokovic made sure Thursday to play Serbia to progress from its group in the tennis tournament the Davis Cup.
Verdenstoeren met Benoît Paire from France and won the showdown surely with 6-3, 6-3, and thus brought Djokovic of Serbia, crucial in front 2-0 in the match against France, in which would have to be played the men's doubles.
It meant that Serbia was sure to win group A, while France disappointing had to admit, that it was not possible to advance from the group stage as the best number two.
Before Djokovic won his singlekamp, then defeated compatriot Filip Krajinovic French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a close match with 7-5, 7-6 (7/5).
In the men's doubles got France little redress, as Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut won 6-4, 6-4 over the serbs Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki.
Germany also secured advancement from the group stage, when Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated Nicolas Jarry from Chile, 6-4, 6-3. Chile equalized in the single before the showdown in the men's doubles, which the germans won.
the Uk caused Andy Murray to rest, when the british in herredoublen in the fight against Kazakhstan secured ticket for the quarter-finals.
the Davis Cup format has been changed drastically for this year's edition.
Where the 16 best nations in the World Group previously met over four extended weekends spread out over the year, gather this week 18 nations in seven days to play down to a winner in Madrid. Previously had the one party always home.
They are split up into six groups, each with three countries. The three meet themselves from Monday to Thursday.
the Winners of the six groups plus the two best two advancing to the quarter-finals.
Here should Serbia meet Russia, Australia meets Canada, the Uk meets Germany, and Argentina meets Spain.
The first quarter-final played late on Thursday, when Australia meets Canada. The other quarter-finals played on Friday.
the Final of the tournament played on Sunday.
/ritzau/Updated Date: 22 November 2019, 21:15