"As the French team, we've won before but it was a long time ago", said captain Yannick Noah, who skippered his country to Davis Cup titles in 1991and 1996. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille will spearhead the French challenge from Friday with the doubles pair for Saturday likely to be formed by specialists Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut.
On the eve of the Davis Cup final, set to be staged in one of the world's biggest ever tennis arenas, The Tennis Podcast comes from Lille where the home nation is bidding for a first Davis Cup title since 2001, and underdogs Belgium are seeking their first ever. The format is the first to three wins, and France is favored to win it all with the deeper roster.
Although they were largely outnumbered in the stands, the Belgium fans were the most vocal. He should be able to beat Pouille in one-on-one competition and will be favored over Tsonga, but Darcis will definitely be fighting an uphill battle to win his singles matches.
The Frenchman whipped several forehand winners but was kept in check by Goffin as both players held comfortably. Tsonga and Pouille go into the event in fine form. The Belgian then won his service game to love, clinching the set with a service victor.
Another early break put Goffin in the driving seat in the third set and the Belgian raced to victory on his first match point.
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