Belgium defeat Australia, face France in Davis Cup final

Nine-time champions France had booked their place in the November 24-26 final, which they will now host, by seeing off Serbia in their semi-final in Lille.

AFP| Last Updated: Sep 18, 2017, 00:43 AM IST
Belgium defeat Australia, face France in Davis Cup final
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Brussels: Steve Darcis defeated Jordan Thompson 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 as Belgium defeated Australia 3-2 in the Davis Cup semi-finals on Sunday, setting up a final date against France in November.

Nine-time champions France had booked their place in the November 24-26 final, which they will now host, by seeing off Serbia in their semi-final in Lille.

Belgium, the runners-up in 2015, had trailed 2-1 overnight before David Goffin defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to pull his team level and send the tie into a deciding rubber.

Earlier, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga fought back from a set down against Dusan Lajovic to book France a place in the Davis Cup final with a semi-final win over Serbia.

Yannick Noah`s hosts went into the day needing just one victory from the final two singles rubbers to take an unassailable 3-1 lead against an understrength Serbia, who were missing Novak Djokovic, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki.

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.

Tsonga, the world number 18, was given some scary moments during the match, and had to save two vital break points with the third set locked at 4-4 before taking a tie-break.

But the former Australian Open runner-up took the fourth set by a double break as Lajovic`s resistance was broken.

France are into their fourth Davis Cup final since the last time they won the trophy in 2001, and first since losing to Roger Federer`s Switzerland in 2014.