Career freefall ‘hard to accept,’ says Djokovic

first_imgFajardo says San Miguel needs better starts Viktor Troicki, the world 39, then made it 2-0 by seeing off 19th-ranked Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.Victory for Djokovic was a major confidence boost for the former world number one who has lost his Wimbledon, US and Australian Open titles in the last year and surrendered the top ranking spot to Andy Murray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I have lost my best game in the last few months,” Djokovic, whose French Open win in June last year allowed him to complete the career Grand Slam, told reporters after securing a 12th successive Davis Cup singles win.“It was hard for me to accept after being on top for the last six years but today’s match shows that I can get back to winning ways. “I am very happy with my performance today which is very encouraging because I now know I am on the right path to discovering my best form.”Five-time Davis Cup winners Spain are without Nadal in Belgrade after the 14-time Grand Slam champion opted to stay at home to prepare for the clay-court season.Team captain Nenad Zimonjic and Troicki will face Marc Lopez and Jaume Munar in Saturday’s doubles where a win will give Serbia a semi-final date against either France or Britain.On a perfect day for all four of the quarter-final hosts, Australia were 2-0 up on the United States in Brisbane, closing in on a semi-final date against Belgium who were 2-0 ahead of Italy in Charleroi.ADVERTISEMENT SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas their Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals single match between Serbia and Spain at the “Aleksandar Nikolic” sports hall in Belgrade, on April 7, 2017. AFPNovak Djokovic put Serbia on course for the Davis Cup semi-finals Friday before admitting that seeing his career plunge into freefall since his history-making French Open triumph had been “hard to accept”.The world number two shrugged off his recent elbow injury — and his mediocre record of just seven wins in 2017 — to give 2010 Davis Cup champions Serbia a winning start in their quarter-final against Spain in Belgrade with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over 24th-ranked Albert Ramos Vinolas.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img

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