Aus­tralia and France on col­li­sion course to de­cide ti­tle

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Aus­tralia edged closer to a first Davis Cup fi­nal in 14 years yes­ter­day when Jordan Thomp­son and John Peers swept past Arthur De Greef and Ruben Bemel­mans 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 for a 2-1 lead in their semi­fi­nal against Bel­gium.

Aus­tralia, the 28-time cham­pi­ons, look likely to face nine-time win­ners France, who are 2-1 up on Ser­bia thanks to Ni­co­las Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Her­bert clinch­ing a 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) win over Ne­nad Zi­mon­jic and Filip Kra­ji­novic.

Lley­ton He­witt’s Aus­tralia last won the Davis Cup in 2003 when they beat Spain in the fi­nal.

“We had a job to do to­day and we came out and did it from start to fin­ish. Play­ing with Thommo and in front of this crowd and per­form the way we did is just in­cred­i­ble,” said Peers af­ter yes­ter­day’s win in Brus­sels.

Nick Kyr­gios can wrap up the tie for Aus­tralia to­day when he takes on fel­low na­tional num­ber one David Gof­fin in the first of the re­verse sin­gles.

Kyr­gios de­feated Steve Dar­cis 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1, 6-2 on Fri­day, while Gof­fin saw off John Mill­man 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.

In Lille, Mahut and Her­bert needed less than two hours to see off Ser­bia’s 41-year-old play­ing cap­tain Zi­mon­jic, and Kra­ji­novic.

That Yan­nick Noah’s hosts have yet to book their place in the fi­nal is down to Du­san La­jovic’s shock 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/5) win in Fri­day’s open­ing rub­ber against Lu­cas Pouille, although Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga had lev­elled the tie by beat­ing debu­tant Laslo Djere 7-6 (7/2), 6-3, 6-3.

Mahut and Her­bert, the 2015 US Open and 2016 Wim­ble­don dou­bles cham­pi­ons, came back from 5-2 down in the third set to wrap up the win. France are bid­ding for a first Davis Cup ti­tle since 2001, hav­ing lost three fi­nals since.

Be­hind en­emy lines: Aus­tralia (r).

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