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Mahut, Herbert put France ahead in Davis Cup semi

17 September 2017

France and Australia have the advantage in the 2017 Davis Cup semi-finals after wins for both countries in the doubles on Saturday.

That Yannick Noah's host has yet to book its place in the final is down to Dusan Lajovic's shock win in Friday's opening rubber against Lucas Pouille, although Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had levelled the tie by beating Laslo Djere.

On the indoor red clay court in Lille, France, two-time Grand Slam champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France beat Filip Krajinovic and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 7-6 (3).

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With the absence of Novak Djokovic, Viktor Troitski and Yanko Tipsarevich, the French were expected to enjoy a calm weekend in the northern city of Lille.

A similar note of caution was sounded by Noah ahead of the tie being held on the same clay where France lost the 2014 final to Roger Federer's Switzerland."We are sufficiently intelligent to know that it's going to be a hard match", the 1983 French Open victor said.

Meanwhile in Brussels, Australia also need just one more point to reach the final for the first time since they won the title in 2003 after John Peers and Jordan Thompson breezed past Arthur de Greef and Ruben Bemelmans of Belgium 6-3 6-4 6-0. "We have full belief in that he can do a job for us". "That was our goal and we did it for the team". The other singles match, if needed, is scheduled to pit Belgium's Steve Darcis against John Millman.

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Belgium is hoping to reach the Davis Cup Final for the third time, the most recent being 2015.

Kyrgios came from behind to beat Darcis in a thrilling five-set match on Friday, and with a Davis Cup record of seven wins in eight matches, he has the form to secure Australia a spot in the final.

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Mahut, Herbert put France ahead in Davis Cup semi