March 23, 2018

Davis Cup: Australia and France take control of semi-finals

17 September 2017, 04:18 | Joan Schultz

Davis Cup

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France is bidding for a first Davis Cup title since 2001, having lost three finals since with the most recent a defeat by Roger Federer's Switzerland in 2014.

Noah's team are favoured to progress to the final against a Serbian side sorely missing injured former world No.1 and 12-time Grand Slam victor Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic.

Two-time Grand Slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic 6-1 6-2 7-6 (3) for France.

Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans will team up against John Peers and Jordan Thompson in doubles.

At Lille: France 2 Serbia 1 [Lucas Pouille lost to Dusan Lajovic 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5), 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5); Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt Laslo Djere 7-6 (2), 6-3, 6-3; Nicolas Mahut & Pierre-Hugues Herbert bt Nenad Zimonjic & Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3)].

The Aussies need one more point to reach the final for the first time since 2003, when they won it. "They maybe did not have their best day, but John and I played exceptionally well and we got the result". "We have full belief in that he can do a job for us".

France takes a 2-1 lead

Nick Kyrgios can wrap up the tie for Australia on Sunday when he takes on fellow national No. 1 David Goffin in the first of the reverse singles. The other singles match, if needed, is scheduled to pit Belgium's Steve Darcis against John Millman.

Kyrgios came from behind to beat Darcis in a thrilling five-set match on Friday, and with a Davis Cup record of seven wins in eight matches, he has the form to secure Australia a spot in the final.

Herbert and Mahut were just too strong in the opening set, serving well and overpowering the opponents with an fantastic net coverage, losing just 2 points on serve and scoring 2 breaks for a 6-1.

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