Belgium beat Australia to reach Davis Cup final against France
David Goffin and Steve Darcis staged a thrilling comeback on Sunday (September 17) to take Belgium into their second Davis Cup final in three years with a 3-2 victory over Australia.
World number 12 Goffin, playing some of the best tennis of his career, defeated world number 20 Nick Kyrgios 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-4 on the clay, weathering some blistering serves from the Australian that neared the 230-kph mark, to level the match 2-2.
Australia started the final day 2-1 up after winning Saturday’s doubles and Kyrgios looked the favourite early on, silencing the rowdy Belgian crowd by hitting 10 aces in the first set and winning the tiebreak.
Goffin, whose knee injury at the U.S. Open in August initially put his semi-final appearance in doubt, quickly found his way back, however, converting backhand service returns into winners and eventually frustrating the unpredictable Kyrgios.
Kyrgios, who was fined for bad behaviour during his U.S. Open first-round defeat, lost his cool, smashing his racket into the court after losing his service game late in the fourth set.
Darcis, a Davis Cup hero in Belgium, clinched the victory with a 6-4 7-5 6-2 win over late replacement Jordan Thompson to put his side into November’s final against France, who completed a 3-1 win over Serbia earlier on Sunday.
Set to play John Millman until a late switch by Australian coach Lleyton Hewitt, Darcis still faced a fierce challenge from Thompson, world number 70, in the second set. He was forced to save a set point with an ace and endured a rally of more than 40 shots.