France To Face Belgium In Davis Cup Final
FRANCE 3, SERBIA 1
Lille, France (Outdoor Clay)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga provided the heroics on Sunday afternoon in Lille, giving France an unassailable 3-1 lead in their Davis Cup semi-final tie against Serbia. The French No. 1 rallied past Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5), 6-2, claiming his 20th singles victory in his Davis Cup career.
Lajovic had stunned Lucas Pouille to open the tie on Friday, but was unable to replicate the upset. Tsonga prevailed after two hours and 48 minutes, firing 38 winners including eight aces. It was sweet revenge for Les Bleus, who were defeated by Serbia in the 2010 final.
Under the captaincy of Yannick Noah, the French squad will appear in its first final since 2014. They will bid for a 10th title against Belgium with a home tie in the final.
The French team will be looking to end a 16-year title drought, having most recently prevailed over Australia in the 2001 final, followed by runner-up finishes in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
BELGIUM 3, AUSTRALIA 2
Brussels, Belgium (Indoor Clay)
Goffin led Belgium to the 2015 Davis Cup final and the World No. 12 refused to let a return trip slip through his grasp. He overcame an early deficit to defeat Nick Kyrgios 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in Brussels. With the Belgians facing elimination following Saturday's doubles win by John Peers and Jordan Thompson, their No. 1 forced a deciding rubber with the win after three hours and nine minutes. Goffin sealed the victory with an ace, his 20th of the match. He overcame an 0-3 FedEx ATP Head2Head deficit vs. Kyrgios, having fallen twice this year - at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stops in Miami and Cincinnati.
Darcis faced Thompson with the tie on the line and he would not disappoint, streaking to a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win to clinch Belgium's second final appearance in three years. The 33 year old is fast becoming a Davis Cup legend for his country, improving to 22-9 in singles play. He has claimed the decisive victory in two of Belgium's three ties this year, also defeating Alexander Zverev to oust Germany in the first round.
Belgium has now won three consecutive ties against Australia and will look to overcome a 4-3 head-to-head deficit against France in the final. They most recently squared off in the 2001 first round, won by the French side in a 5-0 whitewash.