France into Davis Cup semis after doubles win vs. Britain

Rachel Hardy
April 15, 2017

The French last won the competition in 2001. The Frenchman took an immediate 2-0 lead, but Edmund levelled, and they headed to tie-break, where the Briton took a 5-2 lead. This is a great team but it would be nice to have players who are joining these guys on tour, sitting around 75, even 125, 150.

The now world No.1 didn't play in that tie because of a knee injury, but the pair didn't speak for a short while afterwards, with Jamie saying that the decision to pull out "kind of affects the way I feel about him". He held on until serving to save the match, but went 15-40 down, and Chardy hammered home the win from the baseline with a break, 6-3, in just an hour and 50 minutes.

Yannick Noah, headcoach of France reacts during his Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match between France and Britain at the Kindarena Stadium of Rouen, France, Friday, April 7, 2017.

It is up to Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot to beat the Wimbledon finalists Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau on Saturday to keep the tie alive.

The momentum was with the French then and Murray's frustration was evident at times, incapable as he was to turn tight games to Britain's advantage in the final set.

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Mahut played a shot from the crowd's side of the advertising hoardings in the stand-out moment of the final set, which France deservedly took to confirm a semi-final.

Steve Johnson and Jack Sock kept United States in with a chance of making the semi-finals by winning a thrilling doubles encounter against Australian duo Sam Groth and John Peers, though they still trail 2-1. "I'm very happy and I hope we go through tomorrow". The tournament still has plenty of interest for fans, but some of the top singles players opt not to compete for their country given the rigors of their tournament schedules.

Back in Belgrade on Saturday, Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic defeated Pablo Carreno-Busta and Marc Lopez 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 to seal victory over Spain.

The Italians trailed 2-0 but won the doubles rubber as Andreas Seppi and Simone Bolelli prevailed in another five-set epic to beat Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 3-6 7-6.

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