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By Nick Georgandis
TennisNow.com

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Playing with his country's Davis Cup hopes and dreams on his back, Novak Djokovic delivered a dominating performance Sunday, routing France's Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to tie the final at 2-2.

The fate of the 2010 championship now rests on the racquets of Serbia's Viktor Troicki and France's Michael Llodra, just underway as this article was posted at 10:30 a.m. in New York, with Tipsarevic holding an early 4-1 lead.

Djokovic took command of the match early by breaking Monfils to go up 3-1 in the first set, taking advantage of three straight errors, on his way to the 6-2 win.

Monfils held his own through the first four games of the second set, but with the Frenchman serving and trailing 2-3, he made three straight errors to fall behind 0-40 and Djokovic broke him again, winning the next two games to go up two sets to none. Monfils surprised Djokovic with a break in the third game of the third set to take a 2-1 lead, but Djokovic broke back by showing his full repertoire of backhands and forehands.

Monfils rallied to go up 4-3, then double faulted to fall behind 30-0 in the eighth game as Djokovic broke him again. He went on to win the next two games, then celebrated in style, ripping his shirt off and sprinting a victory lap around Belgrade Arena to the delight of the home crowd.

WIth the victory, Djokovic improved to a perfect 6-0 all-time against Monfils, including 2-0 this season.


 

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