Belgrade: World number two Novak Djokovic shrugged off his recent elbow injury to give Serbia a winning start in their Davis Cup quarter-final against Spain on Friday with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
Djokovic, who skipped the Miami Masters because of the injury and came into the tie in Belgrade with just seven wins on the tour this year, wrapped up the rubber in style, dropping just one point on serve in the final set against his 24th-ranked opponent.
"I am satisfied with my game, especially with the serve," said Djokovic, who led Serbia to their only Davis Cup title in 2010.
"It worked well today and I won a lot of points off my first serve. At this level that's important."
Five-time winners Spain are without Rafael Nadal for the tie after the 14-time Grand Slam champion opted to stay at home to prepare for the clay court season.
In his absence world number 19 Pablo Carreno Busta will try to level the tie later Friday against Viktor Troicki, ranked at 39.