BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Top-ranked Novak Djokovic swept aside Vasek Pospisil to give Serbia a 1-0 lead over Canada in the Davis Cup semifinals on Friday.
Djokovic beat Pospisil 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 on an indoor clay court at Belgrade Arena in a 1-hour, 40-minute match in which he did not face a single break point.
Djokovic, coming off a four-set loss to Rafael Nadal in the U.S. Open final on Monday, won 12 consecutive games midway through Friday's singles match and had no problem dispatching the 41st-ranked Canadian.
The Serb said he was still recovering from the change of the time zones and jet leg after arriving to the Serbian capital on Wednesday.
"I'm glad the match was short," Djokovic said. "I forced him to make mistakes. ... I find additional inspiration while playing for my country."
Canada has never made it this far in the Davis Cup, while Serbia won the event in 2010.
Janko Tipsarevic faced Canada's top player, Milos Raonic, in the second singles match later.
The winner will face either the Czech Republic or Argentina in the final in November.
This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings