Kyrgios, Tsonga, Goffin Lead Davis Cup Semifinals This Weekend
by Staff | September 14th, 2017, 11:23 pm
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The semifinals of the 2017 Davis Cup competition get underway Friday in Europe.

In Lille, France, the French team plays host to a depleted Serbian team. Novak Djokovic is out for the season and Viktor Troicki and Janko Tipsarevic are also unavailable. But taking their place will be Dusan Lajovic and Laslo Djere.

France will be paced by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Lucas Pouille with a powerful Nicholas Mahut/Pierre Hugues Herbert doubles team.

In Brussels, David Goffin and his Belgian team welcome Nick Kyrgios and the Australians. Kyrgios is joined by John Millman while Goffin will have the services of Steve Darcis on an indoor red clay.

Australian team captain Lleyton Hewitt could have chosen Thanasi Kokkinakis, but went with the veteran Millman.

“We just felt with the match-ups that this gives us the best opportunity to try and get the win,” said Hewitt. “With the singles and doubles options we feel like we’ve got a good opportunity here, but we take nothing for granted, especially against this tough Belgian side.

“We’re going to be ready for the battle tomorrow. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re going to enjoy it.”

Even Goffin expressed surprise over the choice.

“Of course we didn’t expect to play against Millman on Friday. We’re a little surprised,” Goffin said. “I know John Millman, I’ve never played against him, but I will be focused on what I have to do.

“It will be a really tough match. He’s really solid. Physically he’s really strong. I think physically it will be tough, but I’m feeling ready for that.”

Australia is seeking a spot in the Davis Cup Final for the first time since it defeated Spain back in 2003, while Belgium is eyeing a place in the final for only the third time in its history and the second time in three years.


AUSTRALIA AT BELGIUM

Friday
David Goffin (BEL) v John Millman (AUS)
Steve Darcis (BEL) v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Saturday
Arthur De Greef/Ruben Bemelmans (BEL) v Jordan Thompson/John Peers (AUS)
Sunday
David Goffin (BEL) v Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
Steve Darcis (BEL) v John Millman (AUS)

SERBIA AT FRANCE
Friday
Lucas Pouille (FRA) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Laslo Djere (SRB)
Saturday
Nicolas Mahut/Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) v Nenad Zimonjic/Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
Sunday
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Dusan Lajovic (SRB)
Lucas Pouille (FRA) v Laslo Djere (SRB)

WORLD GROUP PLAYOFF MATCHUPS
Kazakhstan (c) v Argentina (s) – Astana, KAZ – hard (indoors)
Colombia (c)* v Croatia (s) – Bogota, COL – clay (outdoors)
Switzerland (s) (c) v Belarus – Biel, SUI – hard (indoors)
Netherlands (c) v Czech Republic (s) – The Hague, NED – clay (indoors)
Portugal (c)* v Germany (s) – Oeiras, Lisbon, POR – clay (outdoors)
Japan (s) (c)* v Brazil – Osaka, JPN – hard (outdoors)
Hungary (c) v Russia (s) – Budapest, HUN – clay (outdoors)
Canada (s) (c)* v India – Edmonton, CAN – hard (indoors)


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11 Comments for Kyrgios, Tsonga, Goffin Lead Davis Cup Semifinals This Weekend

Marcelo Mello Says:

I think it’s going to be France and Australia in the final. Aussies really want it.


gonzalowski Says:

Conchita Martínez, dismissed as captain of the Spain Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams

“It is very ungrateful to take the reins of the boat when there is a storm and when you get the tranquility and the commitment do not you,” says the ex-appointee, who denounces the situation of “abandonment” she has felt in recent months and, , and it made him presage that he would not remain in the position.


gonzalowski Says:

both SF matches played on clay, curious


Giles Says:

gonza. She hasn’t been dismissed as such, her contract is over


gonzalowski Says:

Giles don’t know about that that; “the Spanish Tennis Federation ends the contract of Conchita Martínez” anyway, the fact that she accompanied G. Muguruza in Wimbledon may have involved a touch.

Conchita: “…for the first time in recent years, this new executive withdrew the possibility of accompanying the players and make them face-to-face during the Grand Slams…”


Margot Says:

Looks as if Goffin is back from injury and firing aces. Wowzer!
Such a terrific player to watch.
Don’t know why 4xK wasn’t played but probably wouldn’t have made any difference as he isn’t up to speed yet.


Willow Says:

Madmax ive already seen those pictures on FB, but cheers anyway, im looking forward to getting back to tennis, as the discussions lately seem to be going around in circles ….


Okiegal.... Says:

@madmax……Thanks for the link……some I had seen and some that I hadn’t! They were all so good! You can tell Roger and Rafa really like each other…….two neat guys. I am so glad the Tennis Channel is going to air this event……looks fun and I can’t wait!! Thanks again for remembering us Rafa fans….appreciate cha’!! Ok


Okiegal.... Says:

@Margot…..You like the “wee” one, no??? I like to watch him play too………he’s a hustler!!


J-Kath Says:

If the “wee” one is Goffin – yes, he’s a nice wee guy. Tennis wise he reminds me of the gutsy David-le-Spaniard and likewise will always be a top-ten worthy but never quite reach the heights. Pity.

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