Djokovic up first for Serbia in Spain clash

Djokovic up first for Serbia in Spain clash

With the US boasting a team of in-form Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson, Hewitt will be banking on two wins from the mercurial Kyrgios as his second singles player is the inexperienced world number 79 Jordan Thompson.

Serbia's world number two Djokovic, having suffered from poor form and injuries after claiming his maiden French Open title last June as he relinquished the number one spot to Britain's Andy Murray, looked solid against Ramos-Vinolas.

"Overall, I'm very happy with my performance and it's very encouraging because I now know I am on the right path to rediscovering my best form", Djokovic told a news conference.

The Serb has dropped from his No. 1 ranking after a slump in form following his French Open title a year ago.

"A hardcourt tie is not an ideal preparation for the clay court season but given that I was away for a few weeks after a patchy start to the season", Djokovic said.

Troicki will team up with Nenad Zimonjic in Saturday's doubles match against Marc Lopez and Jose Munar.

After winning the Qatar Open in his first event of 2017, Djokovic has not gone beyond the quarter-finals in any of the tournaments he's played, including a shock second-round Australian Open exit at the hands of Denis Istomin.

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Chardy, only France's ninth best singles player, was competing in his first Davis Cup singles rubber in six years.

Kyrgios then drove home the advantage with a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) victory over John Isner.

"Hopefully we can close it out tomorrow, it's been an unbelievable day", Kyrgios said.

France lead Great Britain 2-0 in Rouen after victories for Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy.

France can wrap up the tie on Saturday when Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau face Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot in the doubles.

Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson gave Australia an unexpected 2-0 lead against the United States in the countries' 47th meeting in the competition. "All in all, I'm very pleased". World No. 79 Thompson stunned World No. 15 Jack Sock 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 before Kyrgios saw off John Isner 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5). "I'll still challenge the umpire, I'll still say what I think, I'll still throw my racquet, I'll still swear, but I'll compete every point".

And it there was another opening-day clean sweep for Belgium in Charleroi as they took a 2-0 lead against Italy.

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