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PARIS: Novak Djokovic will hope to bury his U.S. Open heartbreak when he spearheads Serbia's bid to reach a first Davis Cup final, while the United States tries to avoid sinking to a 22-year low this weekend.
Djokovic was widely applauded for his gutsy performance in going down to Rafael Nadal in New York on Monday as the Spaniard completed a career Grand Slam.
But he is adamant that the loss will not overshadow the Davis Cup semifinal against the Czech Republic in Belgrade. His first chance to put the U.S. Open behind him arrives on Friday. Serbia has been impressive in the Davis Cup this season, defeating the USA 3-2 in Belgrade and then cruising past Croatia 4-1 in the quarterfinals in Split.
In the other semifinal, France, which knocked out defending champion Spain in the last eight, hosts Argentina in Lyon.
The United States, meanwhile, can boast a record 32 Davis Cup titles but that legacy will count for nothing if it loses to Colombia in Bogota in one of the eight play-offs. Defeat would send it out of the elite World Group for the first time since 1988. — AFP
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