Djokovic shrugs off shoulder problem to give Serbia Davis Cup lead


World number one Novak Djokovic shrugged off a shoulder problem to secure Serbia a 1-0 lead over Kazakhstan in the Davis Cup World Group opening singles in Belgrade Friday by easily defeating Aleksandr Nedovyesov.

Djokovic, who was playing for the first time in front of his home fans since the Davis Cup against Croatia in March last year, defeated world number 200 Nedovyesov 6-1, 6-2, 6-3.

The 28-year-old appeared recovered from an eye infection which forced him to retire from his Dubai ATP quarter-final last week ending his streak of 17 successive finals.

On Friday, Djokovic suffered from some minor problems with his left shoulder at the end of the first set and the beginning of the second.

He had to seek help from the trainer, but the shoulder problems did not prevent him from securing an easy win over his Kazakh opponent.

Later on Friday, world number 23 Viktor Troicki faces Kazakhstan’s top player Mikhail Kukushkin, the world 79.

Serbia won the Davis Cup in 2010, led by Djokovic.

The winner of the tie will face in the quarter-finals in July either Japan or defending champions Great Britain, led by world number two Andy Murray.

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