Belgrade, Serbia – The 2013 Davis Cup semifinal between host Serbia and Canada commenced Friday with an opening singles rubber that saw world No. 1 superstar Novak Djokovic whip Vasek Pospisil in straight sets to give the Serbs a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five tie.
Djokovic rolled past Pospisil 6-2, 6-0, 6-4 in 1 hour, 40 minutes, as the Serbian stalwart piled up six service breaks, while Pospisil did not enjoy even one break-point chance in the predictable setback.
The 41st-ranked 23-year-old Pospisil popped nine aces in a losing effort.
The Australian Open champion Djokovic is fresh off his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open on Monday. He was also the runner-up at Wimbledon in July. The super Serb, who is now 23-7 lifetime in his Davis Cup singles outings, led his country to its' lone Davis Cup title three years ago.
Djokovic-Pospisil will be followed by a match between former top-10 star Janko Tipsarevic and rising Canadian slugger Milos Raonic indoors on the red clay at Belgrade Arena.
Saturday's doubles rubber calls for a Serbian duo of Ilija Bozoljac and Nenad Zimonjic to take on a Canadian tandem of Pospisil and 41-year-old doubles great Daniel Nestor, himself a native of Belgrade.
Sunday's reverse singles currently pit Djokovic against the world No. 11 Montenegro native Raonic and Tipsarevic versus Pospisil.
Team Serbia is captained by Bogdan Obradovic, while Canada, appearing in its' first-ever Davis Cup semi, is skippered by Martin Laurendeau. This marks the first-ever meeting between the two nations.
The winner in Belgrade will meet the Argentina-Czech Republic victor in the World Group final in November.