Davis Cup 2011: Serbia, France Win Third Matches To Cut Into Argentina, Spain Leads

CORDOBA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 17: Fernando Verdasco (L) of Spain plays a backhand, besides his teammate Feliciano Lopez, to Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during day two of the semi final Davis Cup match between Spain and France on September 17, 2011 in Cordoba, Spain. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Serbia and France made up ground, but Argentina and Spain remain favorites to advance to the Davis Cup Final.

Both Argentina and Spain were able to win both of their Day 1 matches in their semifinal ties against Serbia and France on Friday, but the two trailing sides are now back in it. France defeated Spain in a doubles match in Round 3 to cut the series deficit to 2-1, while Serbia did the same to Spain, also in doubles.

Nenad Zimonjic and Viktor Troicki defeated Juan Ignacio Chela and Juan Monaco in straight sets, 7-6(4) 6-4 6-2, but the Argentinians made it tough in the first two. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra had a much easier time with Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-0.

Argentina and Spain can still win their series' without going to the fifth and final match if they win Round 4, a singles match. Both will be favored to do so, and it would be slightly surprising to see either semifinal tie decided in the fifth and final round. Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina faces Troicki of Serbia in one tie, while Rafael Nadal of Spain takes on Gilles Simon of France in the other.

For more on the Davis Cup and the entire world of Tennis, check out SB Nation Tennis and The Daily Forehand. Check out an entire Davis Cup format and schedule explanation at their official website.

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