Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Belgium and France into Davis Cup final

Belgium and France into Davis Cup final

Sep. 17 (IANS): France and Australia each moved within one victory away from reaching the final of the Davis Cup tennis competition with doubles victories over Serbia and Belgium respectively.

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3) to give France a 2-1 lead over Serbia in the Davis Cup semifinals here on Saturday.

Mahut and Herbert put in a dominant performance for France winning 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 at the Pierre Mauroy Stadium, with the match played under a closed roof due to a poor weather forecast.

Mahut and Herber's 6-1 6-2 7-6 win put France 2-1 up over Serbia in their Davis Cup semi
Mahut and Herber's 6-1 6-2 7-6 win put France 2-1 up over Serbia in their Davis Cup semi

The Frenchmen's return game was particularly impressive as they broke serve twice in each set.

Lajovic had stunned Lucas Pouille in the opening match of the last-four clash on Friday and he eased to the opening set, only for Tsonga to find his rhythm and eventually cruise to a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 win.

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"It was an exciting tie and the mindset was ideal", said France team captain Yannick Noah.

Australia went into the doubles as the favourites and dominated from the start, quickly breaking service in the first two sets, as Peers overcame some early hiccups on his serve to find some powerful deliveries.

"We are not over confident, we've got an enormous amount of respect for this team (Serbia) which has a lot of very good players", said Pouille, who was beaten in the fourth round at the US Open.

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Nick Kyrgios can wrap up the tie for Australia on Sunday when he takes on fellow national number one David Goffin in the first of the reverse singles.

Kyrgios, who helped Australia beat the United States in the quarters, was picked by Aussie captain Lleyton Hewitt despite his first round exit at Flushing Meadows. The other singles match, if needed, is scheduled to pit Belgium's Steve Darcis against John Millman.

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