Lucas Pouille of France reacts after beating Belgium's Steve Darcis of to wrap up the Davis Cup final.
Lucas Pouille of France reacts after beating Belgium's Steve Darcis of to wrap up the Davis Cup final. YOAN VALAT

France beats Belgium 3-2 to end Davis Cup drought

TENNIS: Lucas Pouille has ended a 16-year drought for France in the Davis Cup, winning the decisive match for the hosts to beat Belgium 3-2 in the final.

Pouille's lopsided 6-3 6-1 6-0 win over Steve Darcis in the second reverse singles gave France its 10th Davis Cup title, after a run of three losses in finals.

France joined Britain in third place on the list for the most Davis Cup titles, behind the United States (32) and Australia (28).

"There are no words needed,” said Pouille, after playing for the first time in a decisive fifth Davis Cup rubber.

Lucas Pouille (bottom) is swamped by his French teammates after wrapping up the Davis Cup final against Belgium.
Lucas Pouille (bottom) is swamped by his French teammates after wrapping up the Davis Cup final against Belgium. YOAN VALAT

"Just look at the atmosphere and the emotion. We really wanted this trophy and finally we got it after 16 years.”

Pouille had lost his two previous Davis Cup matches, including his opening singles against David Goffin on Friday but was in total control against Darcis and did not face a single break point.

Goffin had earlier kept Belgium's hopes of a first title in the team competition by levelling the tie at 2-2.

Goffin beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match in the French city of Lille.


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