Serbia reach Davis Cup quarters without Novak’s help

Serbia did not require the services of Novak Djokovic on Saturday as they sailed into the Davis Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 victory over Russia.

Djokovic and Viktor Troicki both won their singles matches the day before to give to give the host nation a chance to kill off the contest by winning the day's doubles match.

And even though Serbia's top ranked player did not head out for the match, Troicki was still able to partner with Nenad Zimonjic to secure a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7), 6-4 victory.

Serbia will now meet either Spain or Croatia in April's quarter-finals. 

The Croatians currently lead the Spaniards 2-1 ahead of Sunday's deciding singles contests, after Marin Draganja and Nikola Mektic beat Feliciano and Marc Lopez 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (9-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Elsewhere in the World Group, Belgium took a 2-1 lead against Germany thanks to Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore, who beat Alexander and Mischa Zverev 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4.

In the tie between Argentina and Italy in Buenos Aires, the host nation kept their chances of victory alive after fighting back from a 2-0 opening-day deficit.

Needing a doubles win to stay alive in the competition, Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer delivered, beating Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7) after more than four hours on court.

In Group II action, Thailand opened up a 2-1 lead over host nation Kuwait thanks to the Ratiwatana twin brothers, Sanchai and Sonchat, who dispatched Abdulrahman Alawadhi and Abdulhamid Mubarak 6-2, 6-0 and 6-3. 

The Philippines lead Indonesia 2-1, meanwhile, after Treat Huey and Francis Casey Alcantara defeated David Agung Susanto and Sunu-Wahyu Trijati 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.