Davis Cup Tennis 2016: Saturday Scores, Results, Updated Quarter-Finals Schedule

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 16, 2016

BELGRADE, SERBIA - JULY 16: Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot (R) of Great Britain shake hands with the Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic (L) after day two of the Davis Cup Quarter Final match between Serbia and Great Britain on Stadium Tasmajdan on July 16, 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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The travelling support were pivotal in Great Britain's tie with Serbia in the Davis Cup quarter-final on Saturday, as they roared home Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot to victory over the home doubles pair of Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in Rubber 3 of their contest.

Great Britain had gone up 1-0 after Kyle Edmund's opening-day victory on clay at the Tasmajdan Stadium in Belgrade, but Serbia levelled the score when Dusan Lajovic defeated James Ward, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

However, the crowd played a significant part in the third rubber, as the Davis Cup holders powered home in the doubles to give Great Britain a 2-1 advantage. Murray and Inglot won their encounter 6-1, 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-4.  

Argentina also obtained a slim advantage over Italy in the doubles in Pesaro, Italy, as Juan Martin del Potro and Guido Pella defeated Marco Cecchinato and Paolo Lorenzi, 6-1, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 3-6, 6-4.

Here are the latest scores after Saturday's Round 2 matches:

Davis Cup Tennis 2016: Latest Quarterfinals Scores
Great Britain vs. Serbia2-1
France vs. Czech Republic2-1
United States vs. Croatia2-0
Argentina vs. Italy2-1
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For the updated draw and schedule, visit the ATP's official website.


Reigning Champions Battle To Stay in Competition

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Murray and Inglot produced a vintage display to keep Great Britain's interest in the Davis Cup strong after they defeated Krajinovic and Zimonjic to claim a one-match lead going into Sunday's deciders.

The Brits were favourites to power past their opponents, but the home side played at a high level throughout Rubber 3. 

Despite the absence of Andy Murray, the UK contingent destroyed their opponents in the opening set with a double break of serve to win 6-1, but the hosts showed resilience and aggression as the Brits appeared bemused.

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Serbia edged a tiebreaker in the second, prompting Murray and Inglot to move through the gears to win the third, 6-3.

Great Britain wrapped up the match in the fourth, winning 6-4 in the final set, but the Serbs held on until the end.

Tennis coach and Jamie's mother Judy Murray highlighted the magnificent support for the holders:

judy murray @JudyMurray

Tremendous support for GB in Belgrade. @DavisCup https://t.co/mo568dFo0W

Ward's defeat to Lajovic leaves Great Britain in a precarious position. Edmund has a good opportunity to beat Lajovic in their singles battle, but Ward will struggle to defeat Janko Tipsarevic. If he fails, it will be the end of the line for the Brits.

Del Potro and Pella played out the match of the day in the Davis Cup on Saturday, winning a gruelling five-set encounter.

Cecchinato and Lorenzi were flat in the first two sets, losing 6-1 and a tiebreak, but the Italian team battled to take the third and fourth sets, both 6-3.

KEY BISCAYNE, FL - MARCH 22:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina returns a shot to Guido Pella of Argentina during the Miami Open presented by Itau at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 23, 2016 in Key Biscayne, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty
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It appeared the hosts would claim the rubber after achieving parity going into the final set, but Del Potro and Pella found their early form to grab the victory, 6-4.

Great Britain are not the same beast when Murray isn't available, and they are down the global pecking order when he is not on the Davis Cup team.

Edmund is a valiant representative in the singles, but Ward is badly out of form and liable to lose in the current climate.

Serbia will believe they have this match in their hands, and despite Tipsarevic experiencing a recent fall in fortunes, he will have too much in the tank for the British player.


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