2/1/13 11:19 PM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic helped former champion Serbia to a 2-0 advantage with a straight-sets ousting of Olivier Rochus late Friday. Compatriot Viktor Troicki earned the first point after rallying to beat David Goffin in five sets.
Novak Djokovic def. Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic earned a critical singles point for former Davis Cup champion Serbia, having ousted veteran Olivier Rochus in straight sets. The 25-year-old, who tallied 20 aces during the match, did not face a break point through 99 minutes of play.
"It’s very pleasing,” said the World No. 1. "The serve was incredible and I think that helped me to get the match done in straight sets which was important.
"It wasn’t easy playing on clay after a long time indoors and coming from Australia quite late. At the start I had trouble with movement and getting used to the conditions but I managed to play my best tennis when I needed to."
Djokovic ended the match with 59 winners and five of 10 break chances converted.
Viktor Troicki def. David Goffin 1-6, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4
World No. 39 Viktor Troicki survived an extended match with World No. 50 David Goffin to snag the first point of the tie. The 22-year-old Belgian looked to complete the effort in straight sets, but was unable to close the third set. Troicki rallied to seal the win, breaking the Goffin serve six times during the match.
"I was thinking about not giving up and giving 100% to the end of the match and he got a bit tight," Troicki explained. "It was a great win today but it is maybe the second best win of my Davis Cup career."
Troicki finished the day with 15 aces and 69 winners.
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