Tennis

Marathon man Djokovic levels Davis Cup clash

2016-03-06 20:32
Novak Djokovic (AFP)

Belgrade - World number one Novak Djokovic battled for almost five hours to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (6/8), 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to level the Davis Cup World Group first round tie between Serbia and Kazakhstan on Sunday.

Djokovic hit 19 aces and 37 winners but committed 94 unforced errors in a four hour 57-minute epic win over world number 79 Kukushkin.

That levelled the tie at 2-2 with Serbia's Viktor Troicki, the world number 23, to face Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the decisive rubber later Sunday.

Djokovic gave his country a 1-0 lead on Friday by easily defeating Nedovyesov, the world number 200.

But, in the second singles, Kukushkin fought back to level 1-1 by beating Troicki 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.

In Saturday's doubles, Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev defeated Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-3, 7-6 (7/3), 7-5.

That was Djokovic's first loss in Davis Cup in five years.

Serbia won the Davis Cup in 2010, led by Djokovic.

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