France take Davis Cup final lead

Richard Gasquet Davis Cup

France are closing in on a 10th Davis Cup title after winning Saturday’s doubles match against Belgium in Lille.

Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert combined to beat Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 and give their country a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five tie.

The French pair, playing their first ever doubles match together, were a break down in the third set when a meltdown from Bemelmans allowed them back into the match.

On Friday, Belgium were given a 1-0 lead when David Goffin beat Lucas Pouille in the opening singles contest, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hit back to level the scores when he defeated Steve Darcis.

Tsonga and Goffin will now square off in Sunday’s first reverse singles match.

If the in-form Goffin wins the contest, however, it will be up to Pouille to do the job against Darcis.