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PERTH, Australia: World number one Novak Djokovic bounced back to his imposing best as Serbia advanced to the Hopman Cup final yesterday.
The Serbian pairing of Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic beat Germany 3-0 to finish their round robin ties unbeaten and earn the right to face the Spanish pairing of Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues in today’s mixed teams final.
It is the third time the Serbian duo have played together at the Hopman Cup and the second time they have reached the final.
They also qualified for the title decider in 2011, but didn’t take their place in the final after Ivanovic suffered an abdominal strain.
Serbia have only played in the final once before, when Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic were beaten by the American pairing of Serena Williams and Mardy Fish in 2008.
Djokovic, surprisingly beaten by local youngster Bernard Tomic on Wednesday, gave the Serbians the lead in the tie with a dominant performance against German veteran Tommy Haas in their singles clash, before Ivanovic secured the tie by demolishing Tatjana Malek.
The durable Haas is ranked 21st in the world, but he had no answer to the shotmaking of Djokovic, who took just over an hour to win 6-2, 6-0.afp