Noah's gamble rewarded as France take Davis Cup lead


Lucas Pouille's lopsided victory in the decisive fifth rubber on Sunday earned France their 10th Davis Cup, and first in 16 years, as they overshadowed Belgium 3-2 in the final in French northern city of Lille.

France, who have not lifted the trophy since 2001, are looking to clinch their 10th title while Belgium are seeking their maiden Davis Cup.Tsonga had won his first singles against Darcis after Goffin, high on self-confidence since he finished runner-up at the ATP Finals, had put Belgium ahead by beating Pouille on Friday.

Dad filled a attractive blended family, Yannick Noah was celebrated last Sunday the victory of France in the final of the Davis Cup.

Goffin, who outclassed Lucas Pouille in Friday's opening rubber, saved a set point while serving at 5-6, as Tsonga was left to rue his inability to capitalise on any of his six break points.

France captain Yannick Noah's gamble in pairing Gasquet and Herbert together for the first time paid off as they brushed past Ruben Bemelmans and Joris de Loore 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 to leave the hosts requiring just one point from Sunday's closing two singles.

Being outplayed by Tsonga was no shame for Darcis, but for a man who had never lost a deciding match in the Davis Cup before, the thrashing he received from Pouille, who had never before played a decisive rubber, was less expected.

"We've shown that we know how to fight as a team".

"It was a victory we had been dreaming off", said Noah.

France tied with Great Britain at the third place for the most number of Davis Cup titles by winning thier tenth crown on Monday.