Djokovic needs win to keep Serbia alive

Serbia's Novak Djokovic hits a forehand against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff during a Davis Cup group F match between Serbia and Germany in Innsbruck, Austria, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (Photo/Michael Probst)

MADRID (AP) Mikhail Kukushkin saved four match points, including two in the decisive tiebreaker, to give Kazakhstan a 1-0 lead over Serbia in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup Finals on Wednesday and leave Novak Djokovic needing a victory to keep his country's chances alive.

Kukushkin defeated Miomir Kecmanovic 7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (11).

The top-ranked Djokovic will face No. 36 Alexander Bublik in the other singles match later Wednesday at the Madrid Arena.

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Rank Player Points
1 N. Djokovic 11,540
2 D. Medvedev 8,640
3 A. Zverev 7,840
4 S. Tsitsipas 6,540
5 A. Rublev 5,150
6 R. Nadal 4,875
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