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Goffin on brink of forcing Davis Cup decider

Result France win Davis Cup for 10th time Getty Images
Noah Ferguson | 26 November, 2017, 21:45

Pouille was never threatened in the decisive rubber after David Goffin had given Belgium both their points with impressive displays in the singles.

Yannick Noah, the last Frenchman to win a grand slam title, celebrated his third title as captain after leading France to victory in 1991 and 1996.

The final of this year's Davis Cup and the entire men's season came down to the clash of Lucas Pouille and Steve Darcis, who were to decide the champion in the live 5th rubber match, with France and Belgium being all square at 2-2 after the first 4 duels.

The victory ensured France's 10th Davis Cup win and their first since beating Australia in the 2001 final in Melbourne.

France's Lucas Pouille (bottom) celebrates with his teammates after winning his singles rubber 5 match against Belgium's Steve Darcis at the Davis Cup World Group final tennis match on November 26, 2017.

Pouille made the most of his Belgian rival's many errors in the first set, converted his first break point in the second game and wrapped up the opener after dropping just eight points on his serve.

Worn down by the Belgian's unrelenting ball retrieval, he was broken at 30-40 in the third game of the third set, and again in the fifth game, when he skewed a forehand volley wide and then flung a exhausted forehand beyond the baseline.

Although he saved the first of Goffin's first two break point chances of the match at 15-40 and 2-3, he double-faulted again with the second. "After, it was complicated, he played more relaxed and there was not much I could do".

Goffin has been in terrific form recently and was runner-up at the ATP Finals last week in London, where he defeated both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. The French won Saturday's doubles.

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