World No. 3 Novak Djokovic led Serbia into its second Hopman Cup final here on Thursday.
The Serbian duo of Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic lost its final round match to Belgium's Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans, but still topped Group A.
The Belgians had to clean sweep the tie to edge past the Serbs and into the final, and Henin gave them the perfect start by beating Ivanovic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
However, the in-form Djokovic kept his hopes of leading his country to its second team tennis title in as many months alive with a 6-3, 6-2 win over the 178th-ranked Bemelmans, securing Serbia's place in Saturday's final.
The Belgians won the mixed doubles rubber but it was too late to change the result.
Group A: Belgium bt Serbia 2-1 (Justine Henin bt Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-3; Ruben Bemelmans lost to Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2; Henin & Bemelmans bt Ivanovic & Djokovic 3-6, 6-4, 10-4.
Australia bt Kazakhstan 3-0 (Alicia Molik bt Sesil Karatantcheva 6-3, 6-2; Lleyton Hewitt bt Andrey Golubev 6-3, 6-3; Molik & Hewitt bt Karatantcheva & Golubev 8-7(1).
Group B: France 2 bt Great Britain 1 (Kristina Mladenovic bt Laura Robson 6-4, 3-6, 6-0; Nicolas Mahut lost to Andy Murray 7-6(3), 7-6(5); Mladenovic & Mahut bt Robson & Murray 6-4, 6-2 . — Agencies