In the shadow of the April 6 marathon that was the Davis Cup Quarterfinal doubles match - where the heavily-favored USA team of Bob and Mike Bryan lost to Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac - Sunday's final singles match was an anti-climax.
Ultimately, fans of Team USA hoping for a fifth match - in the best-of-five tournament - left Boise State's Taco Bell Arena a bit disappointed when Serbia's Novak Djokovic beat the USA's Sam Querrey, 7-5, 6-7, 6-1, 6-0, bringing the Quarterfinal to a halt with Serbia winning three of four matches. Serbia advances to the semifinals, which will take place in September after the U.S. Open.
The packed arena was stunned Sunday when Djokovic dropped to the court after injuring an ankle in the first set. After being treated in an 8-minute delay, the world's No. 1 player struggled, allowing Querrey to win a second set tie breaker. But ultimately, Djokovic retained full form, breaking Querrey's serve twice in the third set and three times in the fourth and final set.
"It was a thrilling weekend for all of us," said Djokovic. "I'm very happy I managed to play the whole match and play really well in the third and fourth."
Querrey, gracious in defeat, had great praise for Boise tennis fans.
"The venue was amazing. The city is great," said Querrey. "We have no complaints. I thought the fans did a great job coming out and cheering. Boise is a great tennis town. Hopefully we can have another tie here one day."
USA Coach Jim Courier echoed Querrey's praise.
"Boise did an outstanding job welcoming both teams," said Courier. "It was a tremendous atmosphere. I think Boise has a lot to be proud of."