Host France Favored to Beat Belgium for Davis Cup Title

Matthew Jordan

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:53 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 4:53 PM UTC

The 2017 men's tennis season isn’t quite over yet – the Davis Cup Final is this weekend as France hosts upstart Belgium. Here’s a quick look at the tie.

The 2017 Davis Cup Final begins Friday on the indoor hardcourts of Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France, and the hosts are -400 favorites at BetOnline to win their 10th all-time Davis Cup title. Visiting Belgium has never won this men’s team competition and is a +300 underdog.

France is tied for third among all-time Davis Cup titles with nine, although it hasn’t won it since 2001. The French advanced to the final with a 3-1 victory over Serbia, also in Lille. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the No. 15 player in the world, won both his singles rubbers. He’s the anchor of the team with Lucas Pouille, the 18th-ranked player in the world, the other singles player. France’s doubles team is Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. Its captain is Yannich Noah.

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We proudly present #TeamBelgium for the #DavisCupFinal: @David__Goffin

— BelgianDavisCupTeam (@BelgianDavisCup) November 21, 2017

Belgium is in its third Davis Cup final, losing in both 1904 and 2015. In the semifinals, the Belgians beat Australia 3-2 in Brussels. The Aussies led 2-1 entering the final day, but David Goffin defeated Nick Kyrgios and Steve Darcis knocked off Jordan Thompson. Goffin is ranked seventh in the world – he is the first Belgian man to reach the Top 10 -- and says he will be good to go this weekend even though he could be gassed after reaching the ATP Finals championship match last week, losing 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 against Grigor Dimitrov. Darcis is 76th in the ATP rankings.

“It was a special week for me, with a lot of emotions, a lot of fatigue of course. Now I'm feeling tired, but I'll be ready for the final,” Goffin said Sunday. He became only the sixth man to beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the same event in his surprising run to the final.

Belgium’s doubles team is Ruben Bemelmans (a lefty) and Arthur De Greef and its captain is Johan Ver Herck. France is 4-3 all-time vs. Belgium in this competition, winning the most recent tie in the World Group semifinals in Ghent in 2001. The Belgians have not won a tie on French soil since 1952.

If this tie comes down to a showdown between Tsonga and Goffin, the Frenchman leads the head-to-head 4-2. The played once this year, at the final of Rotterdam on indoor hardcourts. Tsonga won 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Meanwhile, Pouille and Darcis have never played.

You can watch all of the Davis Cup matches in the USA on the Tennis Channel, starting at 8 a.m. ET on Friday (two singles) and Saturday (doubles) and 7:30 a.m. ET on Sunday (two reverse singles). Each of the five matches is worth one point, with the team that wins at least three points winning the Davis Cup.

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