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Troicki lifts Serbia over India in Davis Cup

Novi Sad, Serbia (Sports Network) - Viktor Troicki propelled reigning champion Serbia into the second round of the 2011 Davis Cup competition with a straight-set singles victory against India's Somdev Devvarman on Sunday.

Troicki gave the Serbs an insurmountable 3-1 lead when he handled Devvarman 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 on Day 3 at Spens Sports Center. Troicki prevailed in 2 hours, 43 minutes with the help of 11 aces and six service breaks.

Devvarman surprised Janko Tipsarevic here on Friday to pull the Indians into a 1-1 deadlock at the time.

Troicki was a Davis Cup hero for Serbia back in December, when he won the fifth and deciding rubber against France in the final in Belgrade to give the Serbs their first-ever championship.

Tipsarevic whipped Indian Karan Rastogi 6-0, 6-1 in Sunday's dead singles rubber, as Serbia wound up with a 4-1 victory in this best-of-five affair.

The Serbs, who played without superstar Novak Djokovic this week, grabbed a 2-1 lead here on Saturday when their doubles tandem of Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac overcame an Indian duo of Devvarman and Rohan Bopanna 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (12-10).

The Australian Open champion Djokovic decided to skip this week's tie to begin preparing for ATP Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami.

The Serbs, captained by Bogdan Obradovic, will travel to Sweden for a Davis Cup quarterfinal showdown in July.

India is a three-time Davis Cup runner-up, with its last final appearance coming in 1987.

03/06 11:42:37 ET