Belgium shock Germany in Davis Cup

Belgium beat Germany 4-1 in the first round of the Davis Cup and veteran Steve Darcis was undoubtedly the star of the show.

At 32 years of age, Darcis has achieved relatively little in tennis. He has only two ATP career titles to his name and has never made it past the third round at any of the grand slams.

However, donning the colours of Belgium and competing in the Davis Cup triggers magic inside the world’s 58th best player.

On Sunday Darcis improved his Davis Cup record to 21-8 as he upset Alexander Zverev 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(8) in the fourth rubber of the tie, sending Belgium into the quarter-finals and Germany crashing out of the event.

Speaking after the match, Darcis could hardly hide his delight.

He pointed to his team’s unity and desire to play for each other as the main reasons they beat the more fancied Germans.

"You never know in Davis Cup," Darcis smiled.

"They said it would be an easy match for Germany. That's why we love the Davis Cup. There are surprises and we had one today.

“The difference between us and them is that we are really a team. They have so many great players but we play with heart, for our country and for the people here."

Then, to mount further misery on the Germans, Belgium’s Ruben Bemelmans disposed of Mischa Zverev in straight sets in Sunday’s only dead rubber.

Great Britain’s match against Canada ended in controversy after Denis Shapovalov accidentally smashed a ball into the umpire’s eye in a fit of anger while trying to hit it into the crowd.

Shapovalov was defaulted, handing Great Britain the rubber and the match 3-2.

Other results from the first round of Davis Cup action can be seen below.

World Group

Australia beat the Czech Republic 4-1
France beat Japan 4-1
Serbia beat Russia 4-1
Spain beat Croatia 3-2
USA beat Switzerland 5-0
Great Britain beat Canada 3-2


Uzbekistan beat South Korea 3-1
Philippines beat Indonesia 4-1
Thailand beat Kuwait 3-1