Novak Djokovic returned to the court in style after an elbow injury, sweeping past Albert Ramos Vinolas for Serbia to lead Spain 1-0 in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Friday. I served really well against an opponent who can be awkward if given time to tee himself up for his shots. He withdrew from Miami Open because of a lingering right elbow injury.
Pouille claimed a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 victory over Kyle Edmund before Chardy eased past Dan Evans, playing on clay for the first time in three years, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic spearheads Serbia's bid to reach the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time since 2013 and reboot a career which has stalled since his history-making French Open victory.
The winners of the tie will take on either France or Great Britain for a spot in the final.
Pouille, the world number 17 and his team's top singles player in the absence of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils, recovered from 2/5 down in the second-set tie-breaker before dominating the deciding set.
Zimonjic, Serbia's 40-year old coach and doubles specialist, made a barrage of unforced errors but Troicki, who shone in Friday's straight-sets win over Carreno Busta, inspired the home team with another immaculate display.
"I have lost my best game in the last few months", Djokovic, whose French Open win in June a year ago allowed him to complete the career Grand Slam, told reporters after securing a 12th successive Davis Cup singles win.
In Saturday's doubles, Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut face British pair Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray.
David Goffin had an easier time against veteran Andreas Seppi, advancing 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 for his 12th win in the last 13 matches.
An Australian side containing Nick Kyrgios, ranked 16th in the world rankings, host the United States at the Pat Rafter Arena in Brisbane in the other quarter-final. It was a really nice atmosphere - the stadium is wonderful.
The US head to Australia with world number 15 Jack Sock in their squad along with John Isner.