Pouille's win lifts France past Belgium for Davis Cup

  • Pouille's win lifts France past Belgium for Davis Cup

Pouille's win lifts France past Belgium for Davis Cup

Pouille withstood huge pressure and gave crowds at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy every reason for cheering, as he dominated throughout the decider against Davis Cup specialist Darcis, who maintained a ideal record in previous Davis Cup fifth rubbers.

It left Belgium's hopes of claiming a first title in the venerable competition resting with their in-form number one Goffin denying Tsonga in Sunday's opening singles.

David Goffin put the visitors ahead by beating Lucas Pouille in the opening singles before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leveled for 1-1 when he defeated Steve Darcis in the second singles on Friday.

The world No 7 Goffin, who entered the tie high on confidence after finishing runner-up at the ATP Finals, won both his singles in awe-inspiring fashion against Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He engaged Tsonga in two lung-busting rallies to save the first two, and saved the others with a jaw-dropping crosscourt forehand winner and a backhand winner down the line.Tsonga had a set point on Goffin's serve at 6-5 but the Belgian saved it with a forehand winner.

Belgium's captain Johan Van Herck had predicted a closing-day comeback.

Joalukas Noah was in the depths of the stade Pierre Mauroy to attend the victory of the team of France of tennis coached by his father Yannick Noah.

France joined Britain in third place on the list for the most Davis Cup titles, behind the United States (32) and Australia (28).

France have reached four finals since they last lifted the trophy, with Tsonga and Gasquet both part of the team beaten by a Switzerland featuring Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka in the 2014 showpiece.