France ad­vance to fi­nal

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Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga fought back from a set down against Du­san La­jovic to book France a place in the Davis Cup fi­nal with a semi­fi­nal win over Ser­bia in Lille on Sun­day.

Yan­nick Noah’s hosts went into the day need­ing just one vic­tory from the fi­nal two sin­gles rub­bers to take an unas­sail­able 3-1 lead against an un­der­strength Ser­bia, who were miss­ing No­vak Djokovic, Janko Tip­sare­vic and Vik­tor Troicki.

La­jovic had stunned Lu­cas Pouille in the open­ing match of the last-four clash on Fri­day and he eased to the open­ing set, only for Tsonga to find his rhythm and even­tu­ally cruise to a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 win.

France are into their fourth Davis Cup fi­nal since the last time they won the tro­phy in 2001, and first since los­ing to Roger Fed­erer’s Switzer­land in 2014.

They will face ei­ther Belgium or Aus­tralia in the fi­nal, with Lley­ton He­witt’s visi­tors lead­ing 2-1 in Brus­sels.

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