Australia's hopes of reaching a first Davis Cup final in 14 years were shattered Sunday when Belgium fought back from an overnight deficit to win their semifinal 3-2 and set-up a title showdown with neighbours France.
Novak survives scare, champs slump
France won a place in the Davis Cup final when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Dusan Lajovic 2-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-2 to give the hosts an unassailable 3-1 lead over Serbia on Sunday.
Crowd pullers Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios closed in on a mouthwatering Davis Cup final duel on Sunday but France and Belgium cast themselves in the role of party-poopers.
Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki won their singles matches in straight sets to give Serbia a 2-0 lead against Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Friday.
Djokovic beat Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and Troicki followed up to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 against Pablo Carreno Busta on an indoor hard court in Belgrade.
With his elbow better and his body rested, Novak Djokovic is ready to get back on court when Serbia faces Spain in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
''I haven't had too many matches recently, and that's what I need to get back in shape,'' Djokovic said.
Novak Djokovic has stepped up his preparations for Serbia's Davis Cup quarter-final with Spain as he looks to bounce back from the elbow injury that saw him withdraw from the Miami Open.
The former world number one opted out of the ATP 1000 event due to the problem, Djokovic following in the footsteps of rival Andy Murray in not featuring.
Rafael Nadal will miss Spain's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Serbia and the chance to take on Novak Djokovic in Belgrade next month.
Nadal, the 14-time Grand Slam champion, was not in the team announced by Spain captain Conchita Martinez on Tuesday. No reason was given.
World number one Andy Murray is likely to miss Great Britain's Davis Cup quarter-final trip to France due to an elbow injury, his brother Jamie Murray has said.
Three-times grand slam winner Murray, who pulled out of the ongoing Miami Masters after sustaining an elbow problem in training, is expected to be left out of the Great Britain squad, which will be announced on Tuesday.
Serbia reached the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Saturday to set up a possible mouthwatering clash between Grand Slam heavyweights Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal while champions Argentina stayed alive.
Novak Djokovic survived an injury scare and battled back from a set and a break down to help Serbia take a 2-0 lead over Russia in the Davis Cup World Group tie on Friday.