Davis Cup: Novak Djokovic consolidates Serbia's early advantage against Belgium
Last Updated: February 2, 2013 10:48am
Novak Djokovic: winning return to action after Australian Open triumph
World number one Novak Djokovic returned to action after his Australian Open triumph with a routine win over Olivier Rochus on the opening day of Serbia's Davis Cup first-round tie against Belgium in Charleroi.
Djokovic, who had been criticial of the claycourt being used at the Spiroudome in the build-up, prevailed 6-3 6-2 6-2 to put Serbia 2-0 up after Viktor Troicki had earlier come from two sets down to beat David Goffin in the opening rubber.
Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych brought the holders level at 1-1 against Switzerland in their first-round tie on an indoor hardcourt in Geneva.
World number six Berdych beat 289th-ranked Henri Laaksonen 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 after Stanislas Wawrinka had seen off Lukas Rosol 6-4 6-3 6-4 in the opener.
Wawrinka, the world number 17, is Switzerland's top-ranked player in the absence of Roger Federer.
A major upset is on the cards in Vancouver as Spain, who have one three out of the last five Davis Cup titles, went 2-0 down at the hands of Canada. Their North American neighbours the USA also moved into a 2-0 lead against Brazil.
Top 10 pair Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet registered wins to put France 2-0 in front against Israel on an indoor hardcourt in Rouen.
Tsonga was a 6-3 6-3 4-6 7-5 victor against Amir Weintraub and Gasquet followed up with a 6-3 6-2 6-2 triumph over Israeli number one Dudi Sela, who is ranked 106 in the world.
Germany's hopes of beating Argentina in Buenos Aires suffered a blow when Philipp Kohlschreiber was forced to retire with a hamstring injury when serving for the match at 5-4 in the fifth set against Carlos Berlocq.
A later win for Juan Monaco over Florian Mayer meant Argentina ended the day 2-0 ahead.
Andreas Seppi brought Italy level at 1-1 against Croatia on the Turin indoor clay with a 6-2 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig. Marin Clic drew first blood for the visitors thanks to a 6-1 6-7 (6/8) 4-6 6-3 6-2 against Paolo Lorenzi.
In Astana, Andrey Golubev and Mikhail Kukushkin gave Kazahstan a 2-0 lead over Austria on indoor clay.