Canada leads Serbia 2-1 in Davis Cup semifinals

Updated: September 14, 2013, 5:47 PM ET
Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Canada is now in a remarkable spot -- one victory from the Davis Cup final.

The Canadians beat Serbia in a five-set doubles match Saturday for a 2-1 lead. Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil outlasted Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac 6-7 (6), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 in 4½ hours on the red clay at Belgrade Arena.

"We need one more match -- hopefully we can get it," Nestor said. "We knew they were going to serve big and we knew they were perfect on break point opportunities. It's really special for us to win in these circumstances."

The winner of the best-of-five semifinal will play for the title in November against the Czech Republic, which defeated Argentina in the other semifinal.

Canada coach Martin Laurendeau called this "a moment we've been waiting for a long time."

"We have to be grateful it went all the way tonight," he said. "The weekend isn't over yet. We're facing the world No. 1 tomorrow and this is a very stiff crowd."

Added Serbia coach Bogdan Obradovic: "This is a heavy blow, but we still have the singles."

The series likely will be decided in Sunday's final match. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic is expected to open with a victory over Canada's Milos Raonic, who took more than four hours to win his singles Friday. Then, Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic and Pospisil could meet in the decider.

Obradovic said Pospisil will "likely be tired after such dramatic two days."

The Serbs were favored in the doubles before a crowd of about 8,000. Zimonjic, with 27 doubles wins since 1995, and Bozoljac have been partners for seven years. Nestor, with 30 doubles wins in 21 years, and Pospisil had been a team for only two years.

The Serbs saved three set points in the first tiebreaker to close the set. In the second set, the Canadians broke Zimonjic to tie the score. Serbia won the third set by breaking once.

The teams forced another tiebreaker in the fourth. Serbia wasted a 2-0 lead and Canada pushed the match to a fifth set. The final set was decided when Zimonjic double-faulted to concede the only broken serve. Nestor won the match with a volley.

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