Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Davis Cup Tennis 2017: France, Australia Earn Wins in Saturday's Play

Davis Cup Tennis 2017: France, Australia Earn Wins in Saturday's Play

France is bidding for a first Davis Cup title since 2001, having lost three finals since with the most recent a defeat by Roger Federer's Switzerland in 2014.

The Serbian team is without Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki for this weekend matchup.

Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut put France 2-1 up against Serbia with a comfortable win over Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic.

Serbia took the first point in the tie when Dusan Lajovic beat Lucas Pouille in four sets before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga levelled it up by beating Laslo Djere in straight sets.

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.

Australia then followed suit, with John Peers and Jordan Thompson seeing off Belgium's Rubens Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef in Brussels to also move 2-1 ahead.

France takes a 2-1 lead
Davis Cup Tennis 2017: France, Australia Earn Wins in Saturday's Play

Millman's appearance in the opening singles represented a surprise with the slot expected to go to Thanasi Kokkinakis.Aussie coach Lleyton Hewitt explained the switch, telling the Davis Cup's official website: "John is match hardened, he's played a lot of five-set tennis, particularly in NY". "We have full belief in that he can do a job for us".

Sunday's action will see the unpredictable Nick Kyrgios - who came from behind to clinch a crucial win over Steve Darcis on Saturday - face Belgian number one David Goffin.

While France is favored to reach the final, the outcome of the other semifinal pitting Belgium against 28-time champion Australia on indoor clay looks more uncertain.

Lleyton Hewitt's Australia last won the Davis Cup in 2003 when it beat Spain in the final.

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