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Canada takes 2-1 lead over Serbia in Davis Cup semis

Belgrade, Sep 14 (EFE).- The Canadian doubles team of Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil topped the Serbian duo of Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8 here Saturday, moving their country within one win of its first-ever Davis Cup final. Nestor and Pospisil got their second service break of the match en route to capturing the second set but they did not create another break-point opportunity against the Serbians' serve until the 17th game of the fifth set.

Tennis: Czechs into Davis Cup final, Canada on brink

Defending champions Czech Republic reached their second successive Davis Cup final on Saturday while Canada eyed a first ever appearance in November's title match. Radek Stepanek and Tomas Berdych led the Czechs to a third final in five years after breezing past Argentina's Carlos Berlocq and Horacio Zeballos in Saturday's doubles 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. "It's pure fantasy, the guys played at a hundred percent again," said Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil after his side took a 3-0 lead in Prague. "They didn't give the Argentinians a chance."

Tennis: Canada eye Davis Cup final as Serbia struggle

Canada set their sights on a first Davis Cup final on Saturday after opening a 2-1 semi-final lead over hosts Serbia when Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil defeated Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac in the doubles. In the four-hour rubber, Serbia led twice, but Canada levelled and won 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5/7), 10-8. The doubles match opposed former partners Zimonjic and Nestor who won Wimbledon twice (2008 and 2009) and the 2010 French Open.

Tennis: Canada level with Serbia in Davis Cup semi

Canada ended the first day of their Davis Cup semi-final with Serbia level on 1-1 as Janko Tipsarevic failed to follow up Novak Djokovic's opening win. In the first rubber, it took only 100 minutes for world number one Djokovic to compellingly and confidently rout 41st-ranked Canadian Vasek Pospisil, giving Serbia an early lead.

Djokovic fired up to recapture Davis Cup glory

By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Winning the 2010 Davis Cup for Serbia proved the launch pad for Novak Djokovic to reach the top of the men's game and the 26-year-old hopes another epic run will have a similar effect. Looking upbeat and raring to go just a few days after a crushing U.S. Open defeat by Rafael Nadal, Djokovic was named to play singles on the opening day of the semi-final against Canada in the cavernous Belgrade Arena.

Tennis: Djokovic, Pospisil to open Davis Cup semi-finals

World number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia will play against the 41st ranked Canadian Vasek Pospisil at the opening match of a Davis Cup semi-final showdown on Friday in Belgrade. Djokovic, who suffered his third loss in four consecutive trips to the US Open final against Spain's Rafael Nadal on Sunday, will try to get his team off to a good start, as Serbia eyes Davis Cup glory after victory in 2010 against France. The trophy was a prelude to a magnificent 2011 season for the 26-year-old Serbian, which saw him win the US and Australian opens and Wimbledon.

Rain suspends opening day's play, Federer match postponed

By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - Steady rain hit the U.S. Open on Monday, washing out the last match on Arthur Ashe Stadium court featuring five-time champion Roger Federer. The match between seventh-seeded Federer and unseeded Grega Zemlja of Slovenia will be rescheduled for Tuesday, along with two other men's first-round matches that were halted in progress.

Tennis: US Open halted for night by rain

Rain brought an early halt to play Monday on the first day of the US Open, pushing 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer's opening match against Slovenia's Grega Zemlja to Tuesday. The conclusions of two matches that had already started were moved to Tuesday as well, with Canada's Vasek Pospisil leading Brazilian qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-4, 6-3, 6-7 (9/11), 0-4 and Colombia's Santiago Giraldo leading Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6), 2-1. js/dj

Tennis: ATP Montreal Masters results - collated

Results on the sixth day of the Montreal Masters on Saturday: Semi-finals Milos Raonic (CAN x11) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) Rafael Nadal (ESP x4) bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2) afp

Tennis: Raonic wins all-Canadian Montreal semi-final

Milos Raonic defeated countryman Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7/4) on Saturday to reach the final of the Montreal Masters, and will become the first Canadian ever in the ATP top 10. The 11th seed fought for more than two hours to get past his wildcard compatriot and become the first Canadian to reach an ATP final in his home country since 1958. Raonic will face off for his first Masters 1000 title against either world number one Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal. str/bb
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