Fresh from the defeat against Alexander Zverev at the ATP Finals in Turin, in the semifinals, Novak Djokovic starts the 2021 Davis Cup with a clear success against Dennis Novak. In short, everything as expected. The world number one effectively blocks Serbia's 2-0 win after Dusan Lajovic's very complicated success against Gerald Melzer.
Djokovic simultaneously wins 36 of the 42 points available with the service available, takes advantage of three of the five break points that the Austrian tennis player puts on the plate and closes at 6-3 6-2. Cacic and Krajinovic put the signature on the final point of 3-0, overcoming Marach and Oswald in three sets.
Spain's success in Madrid is more complicated than expected. Or rather, the success of Pablo Carreno Busta against Emilio Gomez in the central part of the day turns out to be more complicated than expected. The leader of the Spanish group in fact needs to recover a set of disadvantage and above all the tie break during the third set to give the team a 2-0 win.
At the opening of the day, Feliciano Lopez gets rid of Roberto Quiroz's double 6-3. Nothing to do, of course, for modest Ecuador. Carreno Busta in the company of Marcel Granollers then again needs the jeu decisif in the third set to beat the couple made up of Escobar and Hidalgo.
Filippo Volandri grants Lorenzo Musetti the place of Simone Bolelli in the double. Obviously with a score already acquired. The double Italian obviously completed by the presence of Fabio Fognini, fails to break down the resistance of Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock.
Stronger, more cynical and obviously less responsible the well-established American couple who needless to say survive the initial tie break and which spreads in the second. Italy-USA still ends 2-1 after the double by Sonego-Sinner.
The Ymer brothers personally solve the Canada test and grab the head of Group B. Elias breaks down Steven Diaz's resistance with a very clear 6-4 6-2, Mikael with a very similar score (6-4 6-4) instead exceeds the 'number one' Vasek Pospisil.
Goransson and Lindstedt, on the other hand, will seal the 3-0 final. The Canadian team, in three matches, does not even win a set. Mahut and Herbert save France. Thomas Cachac's success deceives but does not open the way for the Czech Republic.
The born in 2000, who overtakes Richard Gasquet in the very first part of the day, somehow tries to overturn the most obvious of the epilogues of the double final paired with Jiri Lehecka. The second millennial of the Czech group, born in 2001.
The doubles made up of Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut actually need overtime to snatch the 2-1 point. In between, Adrian Mannarino's comeback success against Jiri Vesely is enough. Croatia overtakes Australia: Cilic wins the crazy challenge with De Minaur.
Borna Gojo survives the challenge with Alexei Popyrin and gives the point of the momentary 1-0. The challenge between Marin Cilic and Alex De Minaur is obviously decisive. The Croatian, who seems in total control of the matter and needless to say also wins nine of the first eleven games, finds himself forced to face the third set.
And above all to make up for a break from a disadvantage. Over? Not at all. The 'Australian little devil' lacks clarity at the most important moment, he leaves the service on the street on two consecutive occasions and obviously has no way to close the gap.
Cilic closes at 6-1 5-7 6-4 and gives success to Croatia. Success that Mektic and Pavic with a 6-3 6-1 against De Minaur and Peers armored at 3-0.