Argentina, Belgium in semis

BUENOS AIRES – Argentina reached their 10th Davis Cup semi-final in 13 years on Saturday when they defeated Serbia in their World Group last-eight clash.

Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer sealed the crucial point with a 6-2 6-4 6-1 win over Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles.

Belgium made their first semi-final in 14 years by seeing off Canada in Ostend.

Serbia were playing without world number one and recently-crowned Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic who opted to rest rather than make the trip to Buenos Aires.

On Friday, Mayer defeated Filip Krajinovic 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 while Federico Delbonis saw off Troicki 2-6 2-6 6-4 6-4 6-2 for a 2-0 first day lead.

Belgium wrapped up a first semi-final spot since 1999 by seeing off Canada 3-0. In Ostend, Ruben Bemelmans and Kimmer Coppejans gave Belgium victory with a 7-5 3-6 6-4 6-3 triumph in the doubles against Daniel Nestor and Adil Shamasdin.

Canada, without injured world number eight Milos Raonic and Wimbledon quarter-finalist Vasek Pospisil, had lost both of Friday’s singles.

Steve Darcis saw off Frank Dancevic 3-6 6-1 7-5 6-3 while world number 14 David Goffin beat Filip Peliwo 6-4 6-4 6-2.

“To play against Nestor and Shamasdin, who were favourites before the match…I think we played amazing,” said Bemelmans.

“The emotions of going to the semi-final with a country like Belgium are unbelievable. To do it with this team is something great.”

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