Davis Cup: Semi-final line-up confirmed as GB’s defence continues

Great Britain and France secured their place in the semi-finals of the Davis Cup following their respective wins on Sunday. 

Kyle Edmund proved to be the hero for Great Britain in their win over Serbia. The Brit defeated Dusan Lajovic in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5) on the clay courts of Belgrade on Sunday.

This gives the defending champions an unassailable 3-1 lead.

It was the second win of the week for Edmund, who also edged Janko Tipsarevic in the opening singles match on Friday. Great Britain will now face Argentina in the semi-finals in September.

Argentina held a 2-1 lead heading into their tie with Italy on Sunday and wasted little time in booking their spot in the semi-finals.

Federico Delbonis was in action against Fabio Fognini and handed Argentina a comfortable 3-1 win after defeating the Italian 6-4, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Meanwhile, Team France made history when they defeated Czech Republic for the first time away from home since 1926.

World number ten Jo-Wilfried Tsonga came back from a set down to defeat Jiri Vesely 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4, 7-5.

That victory saw France win the tie 3-1 and move in to the semi-finals where they will face Croatia who secured an historic come-from-behind win against the USA in their Davis Cup tie in Portland.

Trailing 2-1 prior to the start of play on Sunday, Marin Cilic brought Croatia level when he downed John Isner 7-6 (9), 6-3, 6-4 in the fourth rubber.

With the scores level, it all came down to Borna Coric’s singles match against Jack Sock. Prior to Sunday’s clash, Coric had only faced Sock once before, in the third round of Roland Garros, and lost that encounter 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.

However, the 19-year-old brought his ‘A’ game on this occasion though and downed his American opponent 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to ensure that Croatia move on to the last four, having come from two matches down for the first time in their history.