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Djokovic defeats Raonic in Davis Cup semi, forces fifth and deciding match

Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning the Davis Cup semifinals tennis match against Canada's Milos Raonic in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic)
September 15, 2013 - 7:30 AM

BELGRADE, Serbia - Canada's Davis Cup semifinal with Serbia is headed to a fifth and deciding match after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic took down No. 11 Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 6-2, 6-2 in the first match of the day at Kombank Arena.

Canada's hopes now rest with 23-year old Vasek Pospisil, who has to beat No. 23 Janko Tipsarevic for Canada to get their first ever berth in a Davis Cup final.

Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., came in with a slight ankle injury that he picked up in his win over Tipsarevic on Friday. But apart from a few grimaces it didn't seem to be much of a factor.

Djokovic finished the two hour, eight minute long match with some sublime shot-making in the third set. Djokovic flourished on the clay court, a surface on which Raonic has had his struggles.

It was a close first set that took just over an hour with the players trading breaks in the fifth and sixth games before Djokovic took control early in the tiebreaker.

The second was much more comfortable with Raonic getting broken in the fourth and sixth games.

The small bastion of Canadian support has been louder all weekend but Djokovic used the home crowd to his advantage when Raonic had a chance to break in the fourth game of the second set.

Djokovic fought off double break point and when he got back to deuce, he threw his hands into the air, imploring his compatriots to make themselves heard. They were more than happy to help, and when Djokovic won the game, he reacted with a big fist pump.

Serbia won their only Davis Cup to date in the same venue in 2010.

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