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Latest update : 2010-12-05

Gaël Monfils of the French Davis Cup team lost to Serbia's Novak Djokovic on Sunday, tying the final at 2-2 and setting up the evening's grand finale when Gilles Simon takes on Janko Tipsarevic.

 

Reuters - Serbia's Novak Djokovic pummelled France's Gael Monfils on Sunday to tie the Davis Cup final at 2-2 and set up a grand finale in the Belgrade Arena.
 
Djokovic completed a 6-2 6-2 6-4 victory to the delight of the vast majority of the near 17,000 crowd and put the hosts on the verge of their first Davis Cup final triumph.
 
What has been a gripping final will be decided later on Sunday in the fifth rubber when Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic was scheduled to play Gilles Simon although both team captains were keeping each other guessing on their selections.
 
Monfils, who had given France a 1-0 lead on Friday by outplaying Tipsarevic, was no match for a fired-up Djokovic who celebrated his victory like a prize fighter, clenching his fists and bellowing at the crowd.
 
"You have to make noise to silence the French fans," an emotional Djokovic implored the crowd. "We are at home, we have to make it count."
 
Djokovic, who won both his singles without dropping a set, had only two moments of alarm when he dropped serve twice in the third set as Monfils began to up the power on his forehand but both times he hit back immediately.

 

Date created : 2010-12-05

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