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

Davis Cup semifinal preview France vs Serbia

Davis Cup semifinal preview France vs Serbia

Kyrgios, who helped Australia beat the United States in the quarters, was picked by Aussie captain Lleyton Hewitt despite his first round exit at Flushing Meadows. Kyrgios defeated Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2 on Friday while Goffin saw off John Millman 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

In the absence of Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic, the French were expected to enjoy a calm weekend in the northern city of Lille. The Frenchman never found the right tempo, made wrong tactical choices, and hit a total of 70 unforced errors.

Apart from a scare in the third set when the Serb pair won four games in a row, Mahut and Herbert were in control on the indoor clay court and put France one win away from its 18th Davis Cup final.

After the drama of Friday's opening singles contests, the doubles matches were a lot more straightforward with John Peers and Jordan Thompson teaming up for Australia to beat Rubens Bemelmans and Arthur de Greef 6-3 6-4 6-0.

Mahut, who has been hampered by a calf injury in recent weeks, thanked the medical staff for enabling him to play. "To give one point to your country is the best feeling you can have".

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

"The biggest advantage for me was to win the first set", Lajovic said.

Mahut and Herbert broke at love to open the final set and it seemed that the match will not last for too long when they earned another break in game 7, moving 5-2 in front and serving for the win.

"We are sufficiently intelligent to know that it's going to be a hard match", the 1983 French Open victor said.

Both ties conclude tomorrow with the reverse singles matches.

The home duo needed less than two hours to see off Nenad Zimonjic and Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).

Recommended News

  • Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

    Liverpool 1-1 Burnley

    Coutinho was one of seven changes made by manager Jurgen Klopp from the team that drew 2-2 against Sevilla in midweek. Jurgen Klopp said he was finding it hard to take positives from the 1-1 draw with Burnley at Anfield on Saturday.
    Tom Brady says he doesn't worry about concussions

    Tom Brady says he doesn't worry about concussions

    But it's clear the need to do so will be heightened against a New Orleans team also looking to avoid an 0-2 start. Both teams have high powered offenses and elite quarterbacks, yet displayed disappointing performances Week 1.
    Hubble Telescope Observes Goth Jupiter

    Hubble Telescope Observes Goth Jupiter

    The results from their study turn out to be surprising. "Most hot Jupiters reflect about 40 percent of starlight". The Hubble Space Telescope has observed an exoplanet that is incredibly dark and hard to see.
  • West Indies beats England in one-off T20 by 21 runs

    Hales's exit was the start of a slump that saw England lose three wickets for four runs as 64 for one soon became 68 for four. The third over saw Gayle smash left-arm paceman Willey for two successive sixes - a pull followed by a straight drive.
    White House Denies Claim Trump Plans to Shift on Paris Climate Accord

    White House Denies Claim Trump Plans to Shift on Paris Climate Accord

    Trump announced his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement to much fanfare in June, fulfilling one of his campaign promises. According to The Hill , the White House has denied the reports that it is reconsidering withdrawing from the Paris climate deal.
    House deliberates GOP-backed state budget plan

    House deliberates GOP-backed state budget plan

    The budget agreement was reached by Malloy and fellow Democrats in the legislature. "But it isn't a shift for me". Still, there remain obstacles, including passing the House and getting approval from the governor, he admitted.
  • Trump continues to push for bipartisan tax overhaul

    Trump continues to push for bipartisan tax overhaul

    Though that plan may be in flux, various economists have said it would indeed represent a tax cut for the highest earners in the U.S.
    Texas A&M's Will Gunnell Flips Fans The Double Bird

    Texas A&M's Will Gunnell Flips Fans The Double Bird

    Coach Kevin Sumlin has been squarely in the crosshairs of Texas A&M fans and the media. Defensively, the Aggies have controlled the line of scrimmage in dominating fashion.
    Dileep's bail hearing in the afternoon; Kavya approaches HC

    Dileep's bail hearing in the afternoon; Kavya approaches HC

    Kavya Madhavan , popular Malayalam actor and wife of Dileep , moved the Kerala High Court on Saturday seeking anticipatory bail . The police had arrested Pulsar Suni, who had worked as a driver of many film personalities, six days after the incident.
  • Plenty of supporters on Harry Redknapp's side as Birmingham announce his departure

    Plenty of supporters on Harry Redknapp's side as Birmingham announce his departure

    Despite signing 14 players during the summer transfer window, Birmingham have managed just one win from six games this time around.
    No. 25 UCLA comes up short in Memphis barnburner

    No. 25 UCLA comes up short in Memphis barnburner

    MEMPHIS: The Tigers play their third straight home game to open the season, facing Southern Illinois next Saturday. It's still hard to get a good read on either team, but both were known for quality defenses in recent years.
    Location scout for Netflix's 'Narcos' shot dead in Mexico

    Location scout for Netflix's 'Narcos' shot dead in Mexico

    The upcoming season of Narcos shifts its setting from Colombia to Mexico, centering around the fearsome Juarez drug cartel. The first two seasons of the show looked at the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar , the leader of the Cartel de Medellin.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.