Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot put Great Britain in pole position for the Davis Cup semi-finals after securing a 2-1 advantage after winning the crucial doubles rubber in Belgrade. Victory for Kyle Edmund in the first of the Sunday [17 July] singles will set up a last four clash with Italy or Argentina.
Opponents Nenad Zimonjic, eight times a grand slam doubles champion, and Filip Krajinovic - who had not played a match since May - did level the match by winning the second set tiebreak. Murray and Inglot allowed six break points to come and go in the third before eventually taking a two sets to one lead.
And a break at the start of the fourth set allowed Murray and Inglot breaking space and the chance to secure the third rubber which they duly did, winning 1-6 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 4-6 to take another step towards retaining their title. Edmund is expected to face Dusan Lajovic in the first match on day three, with GB on the brink of progressing.
Earlier, James Ward was unable to follow up Edmund's impressive win on day one after he was overwhelmed by Lajovic. The world number 81 prevailed 6-1 6-3 6-2, with an error-strewn Ward unable to make any significant inroads as the tie was temporarily squared.
"A tough start, he didn't do much wrong," said Ward, who replaced the injured Dan Evans. "It's one of the heaviest clay courts I've ever played on, it doesn't suit my game at all. It's not my ideal surface in slow and heavy conditions. He was just too good today."