France beat Belgium to clinch 10th Davis Cup title

France beat Belgium to clinch 10th Davis Cup title

France won their 10th Davis Cup title after Lucas Pouille beat Belgium’s Steve Darcis in a decisive final rubber in Lille on Sunday.

Pouille’s cruised to a comfortable 6-3 6-1 6-0 victory over an opponent ranked 76th and give his country a 3-2 win over their neighbours and a first title since 2001.

France had reached three finals since their previous Davis Cup success losing in 2002, 2010 and 2014.

France started the final day of singles with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five tie, but David Goffin overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-2 to take it to a decider.

The world number 18 Pouille entered the match having lost his past two Davis Cup matches, including a one-hour, 59-minute defeat at the hands of David Goffin on Friday. His opponent, Darcis, had previously been 5-0 in live fifth rubbers, including clinching Belgium’s spot in the final this year as well as in 2015.

But the 23-year-old overwhelmed Darcis with power from the baseline that the veteran had no answer for.

It was the second year in a row that the Davis Cup Final came down to a live fifth rubber, with Argentina defeating Croatia 3-2 last year.

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