BELGIUM d. ITALY 3-1
Italians Simone Bocelli and Andreas Seppi stopped a Belgian sweep by winning the doubles. Steve Darcis beat Paolo Lorenzi in four and David Goffin beat Seppi in straights on day one. On Sunday Goffin clinched in the first match, defeating Lorenzi in straight sets.
“I love to play at home, I love the atmosphere when I’m playing in front of my crowd,” said Goffin, who has won 12 of his last 13 Davis Cup singles matches. In the semifinals Belgium will host Australia.
AUSTRALIA d. USA 3-1
Americans Steve Johnson and Jack Sock stopped an Australian sweep by winning the doubles. In the opener Aussie underdog Jordan Thompson shocked Sock in four sets, then Nick Kyrgios edged John Isner 7-5, 7-6(5), 7-6(5). On the final day Kyrgios clinched the tie with a straight-set win over Sam Querrey.
“I’ve been looking forward to this tie for a long time now,” said Kyrgios, who had lost to Querrey in February in Acapulco. Australia will travel to Belgium for the semifinals.
FRANCE d. GREAT BRITAIN 3-0
With Andy Murray out due to injury, Britain was fodder for France. In the opening singles Lucas Pouille beat Kyle Edmund in straights, and Jeremy Chardy did the same to Daniel Evans. France clinched in the doubles when Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut defeated Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray in four sets.
“The next time we’re going to see each other is going to be after the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open so there is a lot of tennis to be played,” Yannick Noah said regarding the semifinals when they will host Serbia.
SERBIA d. SPAIN 3-0
Former No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki eased the home team into the semifinals after defeating a star-less Spanish squad. On the opening day Djokovic defeated Albert Ramos Vicolas in straight sets, and Troick did likewise to Pablo Carreno Busta. Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic closed it out for Serbia in the Saturday doubles, outlasting Carrena Busta and Marc Lopez 6-2 in the fifth.
“We expect a spectacular atmosphere against France and a tough match too as they have a bunch of top quality players and outstanding fans who have a long history in the competition,” Zimonjic said. “We expect France to pick a claycourt as their favorite surface. They have performers who can be outstanding on any surface but so do we and we will be ready.”
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