France beat Belgium 3-2 to claim 10th Davis Cup after Lucas Pouille’s crushing win over Steve Darcis
France received their 10th Davis Cup title when Lucas Pouille crushed Steve Darcis 6-Three 6-1 6-Zero to give the hosts a 3-2 victory within the closing towards neighbours Belgium on Sunday.
Pouille was by no means threatened within the decisive rubber after David Goffin had given Belgium each their factors with spectacular shows within the singles.
Les Bleus, nevertheless, had extra power in depth, profitable a singles match by means of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Friday and Saturday’s doubles with Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
It was their first title since they beat Australia away in 2001 earlier than three defeats within the closing in 2002, 2010 and 2014, whereas Belgium have but to win the title, having now misplaced three finals after defeats in 1904 and 2015.
Yannick Noah, the final Frenchman to win a grand slam title, celebrated his third title as captain after main France to victory in 1991 and 1996.
“It was a victory we had been dreaming off,” mentioned Noah. “It’s a united group. It was a tough weekend against a good Belgian team. Lucas played a fantastic final match.”
Goffin gave the guests a 1-Zero lead by beating Pouille within the opening singles match earlier than Tsonga levelled by defeating Darcis on Friday, the quantity ones each prevailing in straight units.
France took the lead thanks to the pairing of Gasquet and Herbert, who had by no means performed a aggressive match collectively however beat Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore in 4 units.
Goffin was once more a notch above the remaining on Sunday, levelling for 2-2 towards Tsonga with a 7-6(5) 6-Three 6-2 win because the world quantity seven despatched the tie right into a decider.
David Goffin received each of his singles rubbers (Getty)
The closing match was anti-climactic as Pouille went for the throat, racing to a Three-Zero lead towards Darcis, who by no means appeared to stand an opportunity on the indoor hardcourt.
World quantity 18 Pouille, who was born 75 kms from Lille, held serve to take the primary set and by no means appeared again, claiming 12 video games in a row and shutting it out on the primary match level when a sorry Darcis despatched a shot lengthy.
“There’s nothing more beautiful than winning as a team in front of my friends and family. Now we’re going to celebrate and enjoy it,” mentioned Pouille.