Tsonga and Kyrgios level for France, Australia in Davis Cup

Marco Green
Сентября 18, 2017

"Lleyton and I have put so much dedication into this, the Davis Cup has been my No.1 priority this year", Kyrgios said, referring to Australia captain Lleyton Hewitt.

But if Goffin emerges victorious, a berth in the final will be decided in a match-up pitting 77th-ranked Belgian veteran Steve Darcis against 185th-ranked Australian John Millman.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga en route to victory over Dusan Lajovic of Serbia.

Two-time Grand Slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert then gave the hosts a 2-1 lead when they beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic in the doubles match.

The third set was close with neither player giving in on the red clay of the Pierre Mauroy stadium. "They had these ideal two sets, three sets, 5-2 with two breaks. and the next thing we know it's 5-5, but we had a good reaction in the tie-break so I'm relieved", French captain Yannick Noah said. "Being in the final was a dream".

A similar note of caution was sounded by Noah ahead of the tie being held on the same clay where France lost the 2014 final to Roger Federer's Switzerland."We are sufficiently intelligent to know that it's going to be a hard match", the 1983 French Open victor said.

France captain Yannick Noah shouts encouragement to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

In Lille, the 22nd-ranked Pouille dropped his serve immediately and looked nervous throughout the first set wrapped up by Lajovic in 25 minutes.

Lajovic had a very good weekend, keeping weakened Serbia in contention all by himself, and he played great tennis in the first set, breaking in the first and seventh games to grab the opener by 6-2. The Frenchman's inconsistent serve came back to haunt him in the last two sets and Lajovic sealed the match at the net with a backhand volley, raising both arms in triumph.

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.

Lajovic ran out of steam in the final set and Tsonga broke twice to send the home team through.

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