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Davis Cup: France and Australia to a point in the final

Ⓒ AFP – DENIS CHARLET – | Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert against Serbs Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic in Davis Cup semi-finals on 16 September 2017 in Villeneuve-d’Ascq

France and Australia are now only one point away from the Davis Cup final after taking the lead in the semifinals against Serbia and Belgium (2-1) in Villeneuve-d Ascq (France) and Brussels.

Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert dominated the Serbian pair of Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic in three heats (6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)), without being overtaken if not at the end of the third set when they had trouble closing the match.

In the Belgian capital, Australians Jordan Thompson and John Peers (N.2 worldwide) dominated the Belgian duo Arthur De Greef / Ruben Bemelmans (6-3, 6-4, 6-0). Two victories logical with regard to the difference of experience.

Captain-player Nenad Zimonjic, who is a doubles specialist but who is starting his age (41 years), played only twice with his compatriot Filip Krajinovic, 25 years and 111st in the world singles.

Mahut and Herbert are much more accustomed to playing together. Since the beginning of their partnership on the ATP circuit in 2015, they have won 10 titles, including two Grand Slam titles (US Open 2015, Wimbledon 2016) and three Masters 1000s this season (Rome, Canada, Cincinnati).

“Overall, it’s still a full game and I was looking forward to a Davis Cup match,” added Herbert, who regretted “those 2 min 30s” when he came out of his game. The Alsatian served for the match at 5-2, then his companion at 5-4. But the mechanics, irreproachable until then, stopped and the Serbs took the advantage 6-5.

Finally, the French recovered their spirits and regained the ascendancy in the tie-break with a bit of success and the help of the net to conclude the game in 1:48.

In Brussels, De Greef appeared totally staggered by the stakes, committing many direct faults and accumulating the wrong choices. Blessed bread for the Australians.

But the suspense remains, and the situation is not desperate for Belgium: Goffin and Darcis, at home, are a priori favorites of their single Sunday against respectively Kyrgios and Millman.

David (Goffin) and Steve (Darcis) are confident, “said Captain Johan Van Herck.

In Villeneuve-d’Ascq, the French N.1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (18th World has a great opportunity to close the game from the first singles, he will be the big favorite against Dusan Lajovic, 80th worldwide.

Results of the semi-finals and holding / accession dams in the Davis Cup World Group after the second day on Saturday:

. SEMI-FINALS

France – Serbia 2 – 1

Belgium – Australia 1 – 2

. DAMS

Kazakhstan – Argentina 2 – 1

Colombia – Croatia 1 – 1 (in progress)

Switzerland – Belarus 1 – 2

Netherlands – Rep. Czech 1 – 2

Portugal – Germany 1 – 2

Japan – Brazil 2 – 0 (in progress)

Hungary – Russia 2 – 1

Canada – India 1 – 1 (current)

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